The full text of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,”–a short story about a person born as “an old man apparently about seventy years of age,” physically and mentally, who ages in reverse, getting younger with each passing day–can be read in its entirety online. Brilliant material.
The sensation created in Baltimore was, at first, prodigious. What the mishap would have cost the Buttons and their kinsfolk socially cannot be determined, for the outbreak of the Civil War drew the city’s attention to other things. A few people who were unfailingly polite racked their brains for compliments to give to the parents–and finally hit upon the ingenious device of declaring that the baby resembled his grandfather, a fact which, due to the standard state of decay common to all men of seventy, could not be denied. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Button were not pleased, and Benjamin’s grandfather was furiously insulted.
This has been adapted into a feature film with Brad Pitt playing the eponymous protagonist of the story. It looks very intriguing.
Read full story here.