Flaming Youth (novel)

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Flaming Youth
Cover of the 1924 film tie-in edition featuring Colleen Moore and published by The Macaulay Company
AuthorSamuel Hopkins Adams
Country United States
Published1923 (Boni & Liveright)
Media typePrint (hardcover & paperback)

Flaming Youth is a 1923 book, controversial in its time, by Samuel Hopkins Adams. The novel was adapted into the silent movie Flaming Youth in 1923. In his retrospective essay "Echoes of the Jazz Age," writer F. Scott Fitzgerald argued that Adams' novel persuaded certain moralistic Americans that their young girls could be "seduced without being ruined" and thus altered the sexual mores of the nation.[1]

In the 1920s, Adams wrote two novels, Flaming Youth and Unforbidden Fruit, dealing with the sexual urges of young women in the Jazz Age. These novels had a sexual frankness that was surprising for their time, and Adams published them under the pseudonym "Warner Fabian" so that his other works would not be tainted by any scandal.


  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott. (2009) [1940]. "Echoes of the Jazz Age". In Wilson, Edmund (ed.). The Crack-Up. New Directions Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 9780811219716.
  1. ^ Fitzgerald 2009, p. 17.

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