F. Scott Fitzgerald: Flappers and Philosophers

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first short story collection, Flappers and Philosophers (1920), demonstrates his skills in a genre which he had practised since boyhood and which, in adult life, was to be crucial to the financial support of himself, his wife and his daughter. The eight stories in the volume show that he can provide engaging, entertaining, concise narratives which sometimes assume deeper resonances through their implications and symbols; bring characters vividly before the mind’s eye and ear through description and dialogue; evoke impressionist effects of light, water, and sound; sharply render the surfaces and styles of life at particular historical moments (especially post-World War One America); create reverberant …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Flappers and Philosophers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2009
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