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  • Published: 18 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780143105497
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $34.00

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories


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An original collection of Fitzgerald's greatest stories from the 'Roaring Twenties'

In the title story-the inspiration for the major motion picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett-a baby born in the 1860 begins life as an old man and proceeds to age backward.  F. Scott Fitzgerald hinted at this kind of inversion when he called his era 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.'  Perhaps nowhere in American fiction has this 'Lost Generation' been more vividly preserved than in Fitzgerald's short fiction.

Gathered here are all of the stories in Fitzgerald's first two collections, including 'The Ice Palace,' 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair,' and 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.'  Spanning the early twentieth-century American landscape, this original collection captures, with Fitzgerald's signature blend of enchantment and disillusionment, America during the Jazz Age.

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by PATRICK O'DONNELL

  • Pub date: 18 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780143105497
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $34.00

About the Author

F Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 -1940) is widely considered the poet laureate of the Jazz Age. He wrote many short stories and four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Great Gatsby. An unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work); six volumes of short stories and The Crack Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.

Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a 'generation'. . . he might have interpreted and even guided them, as in their midle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'

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