“Bernice Bobs Her Hair” is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, originally published in 1920 in The Saturday Evening Post. Depicting the struggles of a small-town girl as she tries to fit into her cousin’s Jazz Age social scene, the story offers insight into conversations and concerns of young people at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald’s sardonic wit juxtaposes his compassion for Bernice as the comedy of manners takes on real-life stakes. Bernice can be seen as a kind of prototype for stories portraying the perils of “fitting in” that still proliferate more than a century later.


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