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Encyclopedia > Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Bernice Bobs Her Hair is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, written in 1920 and first published in the Saturday Evening Post in May of that year. It appeared shortly thereafter in the collection Flappers and Philosophers. F.Scott Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an Irish American Jazz Age novelist and short story writer. ... See also: 1919 in literature, other events of 1920, 1921 in literature, List of years in literature. ... There have been many publications called the Saturday Evening Post; several were/are local British newspapers. ... Flappers and Philosophers was the first collection of short stories written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1920. ...

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Background

The story was based on letters Fitzgerald sent to his younger sister, Annabel, advising her on how to be more attractive to young men. The original text was much longer, but Fitzgerald cut nearly 3000 words and changed the ending to make the story more attractive to publishers.


Plot summary

The story concerns Bernice, a wealthy girl from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, who goes to visit her cousin Marjorie for the month of August. Marjorie feels that Bernice is a drag on her social life, particularly on her efforts to land one of the town's highly eligible bachelors, Warren. Eau Claire is the name of some places in the United States of America: Eau Claire, Michigan Eau Claire, Pennsylvania Eau Claire, Wisconsin Eau Claire County, Wisconsin This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 23rd 169,790 km² 420 km 500 km 17 42°30N to 47°3N 86°49W to 92°54W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 18th 5,453,896 38. ...


Bernice overhears a conversation between Marjorie and Marjorie's mother where the younger girl complains that Bernice is socially hopeless. The next day, Bernice threatens to leave town, but when Marjorie is unfazed, Bernice relents and agrees to let Marjorie turn her into a society girl. One step in that process is styling her hair in a bob cut. Woman sporting bob with finger waves, late 1920s A bob is a haircut, usually for women but occasionally for men, in which the hair is cut short, but a weighted area is left to fall between the ears and chin. ...


The new Bernice is a big hit with the boys in town with her new look and attitude, although she hasn't had her hair restyled. When it becomes clear that Warren has shifted his interest from Marjorie to Bernice, Marjorie sets about humiliating Bernice, including tricking her into bobbing her hair. When Bernice comes out of the barbershop with the new hairdo, the boys suddenly lose interest in her, and Bernice realizes she's been had.


The next night the family of a young man who is about to take orders are holding a social event in Bernice's and Marjorie's honor, but Marjorie's mother points out that Bernice's haircut (which at the time was only seen on "liberated" women) would cause a scandal. After the family has gone to bed, Bernice packs her trunk and intends to leave on a train at 1 a.m. Before she goes, she sneaks into Marjorie's room and cuts off her cousin's two pigtails, taking them with her on her run to the station and throwing them on Warren's front porch.


Film adaptation

The story was made into a short TV production by PBS in 1976. It was directed by Joan Micklin Silver and starred Shelley Duvall as Bernice and Veronica Cartwright as Marjorie. PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... Joan Micklin Silver (b. ... Shelley Duvall in a publicity photo from the 1970s. ... Veronica Cartwright (born April 20, 1950 in Bristol, England) is an actress. ...


Cultural references

The English pop group The Divine Comedy turned the story into a song on its 1993 album Liberation. Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the British Isles Languages None official English de facto Capital None official London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001... For Popular music (music that is popular, rather than of a specific genre or style), see Popular music. ... Neil Hannon in a promotional photo for The Divine Comedys 2004 album, Absent Friends. ... See also: 1992 in music, other events of 1993, 1994 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 8 - The U.S. Postal service issues an Elvis Presley stamp. ...


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