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:
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.
- Fitzgerald- The Camel’s Back (From Tales of the Jazz Age) (myloyalfriends.wordpress.com)
- F. Scott Fitzgerald- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (1922) (myloyalfriends.wordpress.com)
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (3quarksdaily.com)