Flappers and Philosophers (Oxford World's Classics)

October 31, 2020
Flappers and Philosophers (Oxford World's Classics)

"Lie to me by the moonlight. Do a fabulous story."F. Scott Fitzgerald's first story collection, Flappers andPhilosophers, appeared in 1920 on the heels of his debutnovel, This Side of Paradise, and immediately establishedhim as a master of popular fiction. Love stories such as 'TheOffshore Pirate' and 'Head and Shoulders' capture the spectacle andfantasy of the Jazz Age, celebrating that modern icon of feminineself-possession, the flapper, while comedies of manner like'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' and 'The Ice Palace' showcase Fitzgerald'seye for humour. In addition to these four classic tales, whichfirst appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, this editionhighlights the author's proficiency with other crowd-pleasing storytypes: from Gothic fiction ('The Cut-Glass Bowl') to didactic moralstories ('The Four Fists'), from satire ('Dalyrimple Goes Wrong')to spiritual quests ('Benediction'), Fitzgerald tried his hand atmany genres—and succeeded at all.