Review: Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Tales of the Jazz AgeTales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The remarkable story “THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON” is even better than the movie which was made based on this story.

This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain’s to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler’s “Note-books.”

The story was published in “Collier’s” last summer and provoked this startling letter from an anonymous admirer in Cincinnati:

“Sir—

I have read the story Benjamin Button in Colliers and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic I have seen many pieces of cheese in my life but of all the pieces of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest piece. I hate to waste a piece of stationary on you but I will.”

Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

 

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