F. Scott Fitzgerald on film and television

F. Scott Fitzgerald's magical short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was a hard sell during the early days of the Roaring '20s, when magazines were hungering for one of the author's more down-to-earth flapper stories.

"Benjamin Button" was a rare foray for Fitzgerald into the fantasy genre -- a quixotic tale of a man who was born with the body of an old man and grew younger as the years passed. "Button" finally found a home at Collier's, which published it on May 27, 1922.

According to Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald was "probably attracted to this form by its tension between romanticism and realism, for the challenge of fantasy is to make events convincing."


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