The Bowl

Sevenov August 24, 2022

The Bowl by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald | Published: January 21, 1928

The Bowl Synopsis

"The Bowl" is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was published in the Saturday Evening Post on January 21, 1928. This short story features Ivy League football set during World War I. Jeff, a former football player who is friends with Dolly Harlan, a current Princeton athlete, provides the narration. Jeff pays close attention to Dolly's life. The essence of a football star and the tragedies that occurred off the field that are depicted illustrate the value and art of football.

Excerpt from The Bowl Online Book

There was a man in my class at Princeton who never went to football games. He spent his Saturday afternoons delving for minutiae about Greek athletics and the somewhat fixed battles between Christians and wild beasts under the Antonines. Lately--several years out of college--he has discovered football players and is making etchings of them in the manner of the late George Bellows. But he was once unresponsive to the very spectacle at his door, and I suspect the originality of his judgments on what is beautiful, what is remarkable, and what is fun.

About F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. Fitzgerald was a product of his time and place, attending Princeton University from 1913 to 1917 before dropping out to join the army during World War I. After leaving the military, he wrote short stories published in magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's Magazine. His first novel, This Side of Paradise, was published in 1920 and met with immediate success making him one of the most famous authors then. His works, such as The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night, have been celebrated for their beautiful writing style, insight into human behavior, and exploration of America's Jazz Age culture. He is remembered as one of the iconic American writers of the 20th century. 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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