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Originally titled "Nest Feathers," this story was one of a group Fitzgerald wrote in the fall of 1919 after Scribner's accepted his first novel, This Side of Paradise. Fitzgerald's fiction has a curious way of anticipating his life: just as Horace is deflected by marriage from scholarship to entertainment, so would the author of "Head and Shoulders" soon be under pressure to provide literary entertainment after his own marriage to Zelda Sayre in April 1920. Fitzgerald selected "Head and Shoulders" for Flappers and Philosophers, his first story collection, published in 1920.
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