Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bernice Bobs Her Hair: A Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Best known for writing The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a member of the "Lost Generation" who were a group of authors and poets that included (just to name a few) Ernest Hemingway (one of my favorite authors), Ezra Pound, and John Steinbeck.

F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1921

Bernice Bobs Her Hair was written in 1920. It first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and later in Flappers and Philosophers. I had a wonderful opportunity of reading this selection in Great American Short Stories from Hawthorne to Hemingway.

The cover of Saturday Evening Post in which Bernice Bobs Her Hair was published back in May 1, 1920.

In the story, Bernice had trouble fitting in with her cousin's friends. Her cousin Marjorie was embarassed to be around her. To make herself appear more interesting, Bernice told them that she was going to get her hair bobbed. Back in 1920, for a woman to get her hair bobbed, it was considered to be outrageous, and it gave an impression that she was "loose." The ending was so funny, and I thought I should share this because I enjoyed the story.

Pages from The Saturday Evening Post
If you would like to read it, here's Bernice Bobs Her Hair. Have fun! Let me know what you think!

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