Bernice Bobs Her Hair:
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"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" was Fitzgerald's fourth Saturday Evening Post
story (1 May 1920) and provided the subject for the dust-jacket illustration
when it was collected in Flappers and Philosophers. It occupies an
important position in the Fitzgerald canon as a witty early treatment of a
characteristic subject that he would later examine more seriously: the
competition for social success and the determination with which his
characters-- especially the young women--engage in it. The story was based on
a detailed memo Fitzgerald wrote to his younger sister, Annabel, advising her
how to achieve popularity with boys: "Cultivate deliberate physical grace."
(See the complete letter in Correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald, pp
15-18.) Fitzgerald had some difficulty bringing "Bernice" to salable form; he
cut some three thousand words and rewrote to "inject a snappy climax. "
The text of Bernice Bobs Her Hair.
This page updated 22 July 1996.
Copyright 1996, the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina.