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March 30, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1921)


Most people have no idea the movie starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett is based on a short story by Fitzgerald.

I sure didn't until I saw the fact mentioned in passing somewhere.

Anyhow, I bought the bound story from Amazon ($5.95) and read it with much enjoyment (I'm waiting for the movie on Blu-ray).

I put "benjamin button fitzgerald story" into Google and lo and behold, the very first result of 723,000 is a link to the story in its entirety, free for the reading and/or printing out.

Why pay more?


Author's Preface

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 scarely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's "Note-books."

The story was published in Collier's last summer and provoked this startling letter from an anonymous admirer in Cincinnati:


I have read the short story Benjamin Button in Colliers and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic I have seen many peices [sic] of cheese in my life but of all the peices of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest peice. I hate to waste a peice of stationary on you but I will.

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Thanks for the link! Very long searched for this film!

Posted by: Lussiya | Jan 3, 2010 7:02:03 AM

I heard a lot about this movie and sure thing, wanted to watch it. At last found it at rapidshare with the help of Rapidqueen.com . The film is good, but it made me feel blue. I felt almost depressed at the end (

Posted by: Donna | Apr 1, 2009 8:21:26 AM

Yeah, the scifi cult classics 12 Monkeys, FightClub, murder thriller 'Sev3n', the River Runs Through It and the Ocean's 12 series. Yup, I've forgotten Pitt's movies already and it's been 10yrs for some already. Some people know nothing and are sorry enough needing to post simple worthless snide criticizing opinion about an actor seeking to portray a fascinating Fitzgerald short story and giving effort to make it award winning with other Oscar winners is better than having done nothing of artistic worth to compare.

Posted by: guest | Mar 31, 2009 4:57:23 AM

I enjoyed this film a lot. What a great find, the short story online. Thanks Joe!

Posted by: Karl Zipser | Mar 31, 2009 4:39:07 AM

sorry folks, i guarantee every film starring mr. pitt will be forgotten in 10 years time

Posted by: rob | Mar 30, 2009 8:43:22 PM

Libravox.org also has this story, and many more, in audio format for ipods and mp3 players. There are also many sites that will allow free downloads for anything that is in the public domain. Most famous of these is Gutenberg.org.

Posted by: Pictou | Mar 30, 2009 5:44:17 PM

The Kindle version, with a dozen other stories was only like a dollar and formatted nicely to read on my iPhone...

Posted by: clifyt | Mar 30, 2009 4:43:12 PM

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