Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920. First Edition. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920. First edition, first printing. Publisher's dark green cloth (Bruccoli's "B" binding), lettered in blind to front board and lettered in gilt to spine. A very good copy with some light wear and fading to spine, a faint white mark (approx. 1-inch) to lettering on front board, spine slightly shaken at a few gatherings within text block, former owner signature in pencil to front free endpaper, otherwise clean. Overall, an attractive copy. Bruccoli A6.I.a. Flappers and Philosophers, the author's first collection of short stories, followed Fitzgerald's debut novel This Side of Paradise, which brought the twenty-four-year old author much critical and commercial fame. As per Scribner's sales tactics, each collection of short stories was scheduled to follow the publication of a novel, with the goal of the short story collection feeding off the popularity of its companion novel. Flappers and Philosophers contains 8 of the author's best early stories: "The Offshore Pirate," "The Ice Palace," "Head and Shoulders," "The Cut-Glass Bowl," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "Benediction," "Dalyrimple Goes Wrong," and "The Four Fists." In these pieces, Fitzgerald introduces his archetypal Jazz Age characters that would come to be collectively known as the Lost Generation: attractive, impulsive young women (flappers) and licentious, nomadic young men (philosophers).