Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Sevenov August 24, 2022

Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald | Published: May 1, 1920

Bernice Bobs Her Hair Synopsis

"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was published in The Saturday Evening Post on May 1, 1920, and May Wilson Preston illustrated the first edition. The short story was also included in the short story collection Flappers and Philosophers, published in September 1920. The story was based on letters that 19-year-old Fitzgerald wrote to his sister Annabel whose fourteen at the time. He wanted her to become more socially appealing. The letter served as the inspiration for this short story.

A mixed-race American young woman named Bernice leaves her safe home to visit her cousin, Marjorie. Bernice was taught by her cousin Marjorie to be a socially confident young woman in which young men would be interested. As the story title goes, Bernice bobs her hair on Marjorie's advice and significantly transforms her appearance. As Bernice changes her look and behavior, the boys in town begin to pay attention to her, especially 19 years old Warren McIntyre.

Excerpt from Bernice Bobs Her Hair Online Book

After dark, on Saturday night one could stand on the first tee of the golf course and see the country-club windows as a yellow expanse over a very black and wavy ocean. The waves of this ocean, so to speak, were the heads of many curious caddies, a few of the more ingenious chauffeurs, the golf professional's deaf sister--and there were usually several stray, diffident waves who might have rolled inside had they so desired. This was the gallery.

About F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and died in 1940 at age 44. Among American writers from the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most well-known. He is known for his writings which explore themes such as decadence, idealism, resistance to change, and despair. His works are widely read and studied. Find out more about F. Scott Fitzgerald at

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Books on PageVio

NovelsThis Side of Paradise | The Beautiful and Damned | The Great Gatsby | Tender Is the Night

Short Story CollectionsFlappers and Philosophers | Tales of the Jazz Age | All the Sad Young Men | Taps at Reveille | The Pat Hobby Stories | Collected Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

PlaysThe Vegetable; or, From President to Postman

Here's a full list of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books.

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