The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a tale of a man living his life backwards, is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's true masterworks. A wonderfully imaginative 1920 short story, it was Fitzgerald’s creative response to a Mark Twain quip: “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.” There's a heightened splendor to the storytelling that captures Fitzgerald’s poignant ideas about our time on this mortal coil. His message: Live life, and love it. Because, well…tick, tick, tick... F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (1896 –1940) is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night are among his masterworks.