Today I am continuing on with what I have dubbed “F. Scotty Fitz Week” with another post focusing on the literary genius of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In addition to novels that were outright perfection, Scott also wrote many short stories that originally appeared in publications such as Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post.
One of those stories, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was first published in the May 27, 1922 edition of Colliers magazine.
The story is a fantasy about a baby who was born an old man. A grown-up old man with a white beard and yellowed teeth, who talks, smokes, drinks and scandalizes his parents. As the years progress, he becomes younger and younger, and eventually his grown children have to care for him as if he is one of their own wee brats.
Overall, it is a beautiful story about one family’s ability to cope with a unique situation. In an age where people with special needs were treated rather inhumanely, Fitzgerald found a way to make a hero out of someone who, in reality, probably would have been hidden from the public. Continue reading