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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers

Published: 14th August 2007
For Ages: 13+ years old
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Please note the pages on this book have been produced with bevelled or rough edge to create an old style look. The publisher has deliberately chosen to produce the book this way.

This is a short novella as it is only 44 pages long but it is the originally story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald that became the template for the screenplay and the wildly successful movie with Brad Pitt. Great Value at this price.

'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 ideas a fair trial.'

Fitzgerald's thought-provoking tale, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a fantastical satire about aging. It is the strange and haunting story of Benjamin Button who is born as an old man and ages backwards so that at the beginning of his life he is an old man and at the end of his life he is a baby.

About the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896, attended Princeton University, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time between New York, Paris, and the Riviera, becoming a part of the American expatriate circle that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos.

Fitzgerald was a major new literary voice, and his masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of fourty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. For his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald stands as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.

Leonard A. Podis"The Cleveland Plain Dealer"This is a valuable collection, whether one reads the stories to delight in Fitzgerald's style, to conjure up a lost era, to learn more about the career of a great American novelist, or simply to gain insight into the human condition.

FOREWORD
PREFACE
HEAD AND SHOULDERS
BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR
THE ICE PALACE
THE OFFSHORE PIRATE
MAY DAY
THE JELLY-BEAN
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ
WINTER DREAMS
DICE, BRASSKNUCKLES & GUITAR
ABSOLUTION
RAGS MARTIN-JONES AND THE PR-NCE OF W-LES
"THE SENSIBLE THING"
LOVE IN THE NIGHT
THE RICH BOY
JACOB'S LADDER
A SHORT TRIP HOME
THE BOWL
THE CAPTURED SHADOW
BASIL AND CLEOPATRA
THE LAST OF THE BELLES
MAJESTY
AT YOUR AGE
THE SWIMMERS
TWO WRONGS
FIRST BLOOD
EMOTIONAL BANKRUPTCY
THE BRIDAL PARTY
ONE TRIP ABROAD
THE HOTEL CHILD
BABYLON REVISITED
A NEW LEAF
A FREEZE-OUT
SIX OF ONE --
WHAT A HANDSOME PAIR!
CRAZY SUNDAY
MORE THAN JUST A HOUSE
AFTERNOON OF AN AUTHOR
FINANCING FINNEGAN
THE LOST DECADE
"BOIL SOME WATER -- LOTS OF IT"
LAST KISS
DEARLY BELOVED
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: 9781416556053
ISBN-10: 1416556052
Audience: General
For Ages: 13+ years old
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 56
Published: 14th August 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions (cm): 7.22 x 4.84  x 0.25
Weight (kg): 0.082