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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories : Penguin Classics - F Scott Fitzgerald

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories

Penguin Classics

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Published: 18th May 2011
For Ages: 18+ years old
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The inspiration for the major motion picture starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchettaplus eighteen other stories by the beloved author of "The Great Gatsby"
IN THE TITLE STORY, a baby born in 1860 begins life as an old man and proceeds to age backward. F. Scott Fizgerald hinted at this kind of inversion when he called his era aa generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.a Perhaps nowhere in American fiction has this aLost Generationa been more vividly preserved than in Fitzgeraldas short fiction. Spanning the early twentieth-century American landscape, this original collection captures, with Fitzgeraldas signature blend of enchantment and disillusionment, America during the Jazz Age.

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Storiesp. 1
Flappers and Philosophersp. 3
The Offshore Piratep. 5
The Ice Palacep. 35
Head and Shouldersp. 59
The Cut-Glass Bowlp. 83
Bernice Bobs Her Hairp. 102
Benedictionp. 126
Dalyrimple Goes Wrongp. 142
The Four Fistsp. 159
Tales of the Jazz Agep. 175
My Last Flappers
The Jelly-Beanp. 177
The Camel's Backp. 195
May Dayp. 221
Porcelain and Pinkp. 270
Fantasies
The Diamond as Big as the Ritzp. 280
The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonp. 318
Tarquin of Cheapsidep. 343
"O Russet Witch!"p. 350
Unclassified Masterpieces
The Lees of Happinessp. 379
Mr. Ickyp. 400
Jeminap. 407
Appendixp. 413
Explanatory Notesp. 417
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F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald was a bright, handsome and ambitious boy, the pride and joy of his parents and especially his mother. He attended the St. Paul Academy, and when he was 13 he saw his first piece of writing appear in print: a detective story published in the school newspaper. In 1911, when Fitzgerald was 15 years old, his parents sent him to the Newman School, a prestigious Catholic preparatory school in New Jersey. There he met Father Sigourney Fay, who noticed his incipient talent with the written word and encouraged him to pursue his literary ambitions.

After graduating from the Newman School in 1913, Fitzgerald decided to stay in New Jersey to continue his artistic development at Princeton University. At Princeton, he firmly dedicated himself to honing his craft as a writer, writing scripts for Princeton's famous Triangle Club musicals as well as frequent articles for the Princeton Tiger humor magazine and stories for the Nassau Literary Magazine. However, Fitzgerald's writing came at the expense of his coursework. He was placed on academic probation, and in 1917 he dropped out of school to join the army. Afraid that he might die in World War I with his literary dreams unfulfilled, in the weeks before reporting to duty Fitzgerald hastily wrote a novel called The Romantic Egotist. Although the publisher Charles Scribner's Sons rejected the novel, the reviewer noted its originality and encouraged Fitzgerald to submit more work in the future.

Fitzgerald was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry and assigned to Camp Sheridan outside of Montgomery, Alabama. It was there that he met and fell in love with a beautiful 18-year-old girl named Zelda Sayre, the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge. The war ended in 1919, before Fitzgerald was ever deployed, and upon his discharge he moved to New York City hoping to launch a career in advertising lucrative enough to convince Zelda to marry him. He quit his job after only a few months, however, and returned to St. Paul to rewrite his novel.

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ISBN: 9780143105497
ISBN-10: 0143105493
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 427
Published: 18th May 2011
Dimensions (cm): 19.3 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 19.6