Although better known today for his novels, in the 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald ranked among the top writers of magazine fiction. Fitzgerald represented the dreams and aspirations of the post-World War I generation in his life as well as his works. With his glamorous wife, Zelda, and his cosmopolitan social circle, he projected the perfect image for narrating tales of restless youth in a hectic world. These short stories offer insights into many themes, characters, and techniques that emerged in Fitzgerald’s later works. The title tale, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, reflects his preoccupation with life’s fleeting nature. ‘Winter Dreams’, written three years before The Great Gatsby, shares the concept of commitment to an idealized dream. ‘Babes in the Woods’, developed during the author’s Princeton days, evidences the roots of This Side of Paradise. Thirteen other selections offer further insights into the author’s growing skills as well as examples of his sparkling prose, understated wit, and deft character portrayal.
Dover Publications, 2020