Revealing the breadth of F. Scott Fitzgerald's gift for the short story
form, this Penguin Classics edition of The Case of Benjamin Button and Six
Other Storiesspans multiple genres and styles to dazzling effect.Full grown
with a long, smoke-coloured beard, requiring the services of a cane and
fonder of cigars than warm milk, Benjamin Button is a very curious baby
indeed. And, as Benjamin becomes increasingly youthful with the passing
years, his family wonders why he persists in the embarrassing folly of
living in reverse. In this imaginative fable of ageing and the other
stories collected here - including 'The Cut-Glass Bowl' in which an ill-
meant gift haunts a family's misfortunes, 'The Four Fists' where a man's
life shaped by a series of punches to his face, and the revelry, mobs and
anguish of 'May Day' - F. Scott Fitzgerald displays his unmatched gift as a
writer of short stories.'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', originally
published in 1922, was made into a major motion picture directed by David
Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton.F. Scott
Fitzgerald (1896-1940) has acquired a mythical status in American literary
history, and his masterwork The Great Gatsbyis considered by many to be the
'great American novel'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre, dubbed 'the first
American Flapper', and their traumatic marriage and Zelda's gradual descent
into insanity became the leading influence on his writing. As well as many
short stories, Fitzgerald wrote five novelsThis Side of Paradise, The Great
Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Nightand, incomplete at
the time of his death, The Last Tycoon. After his death The New York Times
said of him that 'in fact and in the literary sense he created a
generation '.If you enjoyed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,you might
like Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, also available in Penguin Classics.'A
master of the American short story'The Philadelphia Enquirer'His talent was
as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings'
Ernest Hemingway

F Scott Fitzgerald—The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - And Six Other Stories

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