Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing. One of 5,000 copies. Publisher's green T cloth (no priority), lettered in blind to front board and lettered in gilt to spine. Very good or better, with a spot of staining to rear board, a hint of soiling to front board, very light wear to spine ends, a couple of tiny nicks to gilt on spine, otherwise bright, and light bump to bottom rear corner. Overall, a sturdy copy. Bruccoli A 6.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 eight 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).