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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel
     

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel

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by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nunzio DeFillippis (Adapted by), Christina Weir (Adapted by), Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
 

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Upon completing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald declared it “the funniest story ever written” and “one of my two favorite stories.” It’s the strange tale of a man who is “born” 70 years old and mysteriously ages in reverse. This stunning graphic novel adaptation illustrates

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Upon completing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald declared it “the funniest story ever written” and “one of my two favorite stories.” It’s the strange tale of a man who is “born” 70 years old and mysteriously ages in reverse. This stunning graphic novel adaptation illustrates Benjamin Button’s many adventures: He falls in love, starts a family, and runs a successful business. In his later years, he goes to war and attends Harvard University. As an old man, he resembles a newborn baby and returns to the care of a nurse.
 
Complete with Fitzgerald’s original text, dazzling watercolor illustrations, and an afterword describing the story’s origins and critical reception, this edition offers a fresh look at a literary masterpiece.

Editorial Reviews

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald penned "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," one of his most memorable short stories. It renders the story of a gentle Marylander who, by an unexplained quirk of fate, lives his life backward: He is born an old man and, as time passes, becomes progressively younger. The graphic novel vividly captures the bittersweet resonance of Button's predicament. A compelling concept tossed before us in all its glory and pathos.
Publishers Weekly

The impending release of a movie version starring Brad Pitt has made this humorous tale, formerly among the least known of Fitzgerald's short stories, a hot property. DeFillippis and Weir's adaptation preserves the original's straight-faced tone describing the career of a man who begins life in his 70s and grows progressively younger. If bystanders find this more than "curious," they usually are just irritated at Benjamin for not behaving like other people. He himself is surprised as his body morphs, but is always open to new possibilities; his good-natured adaptability gives the social satire a gentle edge. Readers should, of course, look up Fitzgerald's original, but there's much to enjoy in this handsome little hardbound book. Cornell's sepia watercolor panels are especially clever at showing physical and emotional changes as Benjamin moves backward through life while America rolls forward for 70 years. A useful, gracefully written afterword by Donald G. Sheehy, professor of English, completes the volume nicely. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

In antebellum Maryland, the Button family is gifted with a wizened newborn whose physical age seems to grow ever younger over time. The scholarly afterword to this meticulous volume mentions the recent film adaptation of Fitzgerald's Jazz Age story, but it would be a mistake to assume that this volume has been created simply because of the media tie-in. It is a strikingly literal adaptation, re-creating dialogue, narration, and even chapter breaks with an assured and deliberate hand. While Fitzgerald's light tone is well preserved, it is the artwork that is the most striking, despite what could be construed as a dour use of gray and sepia. It is highly evocative, with an excellent use of facial expression to moving and comic effect. As the story obviously must address the particulars of physical age, Cornell depicts not just the transformation of Benjamin's face, but also his changing poise and confidence with well-rendered body language. While a thoroughly fine work, the lightly funny, softly satiric material will not produce peals of laughter, and the subject matter may strike teens as more unusual than engaging. Still, this is a work of quality that should find a small but appreciative audience.-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594742811
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
13.62(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896 and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. His other novels include The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four. 

Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir are the authors of several original graphic novels, including Skinwalker, Three Strikes, Maria’s Wedding, and Past Lies (all from Oni Press). They’ve also worked extensively in superhero comics and have written for Wonder Woman, New X-Men, Adventures of Superman, and Hellions. They live in Los Angeles and also work in film and television.
 
Kevin Cornell is an illustrator and designer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He maintains the Web Site www.bearskinrug.co.uk, which he frequently updates with sketches, comics, and mildly amusing prose. Although doctors confirm that he’s aging forward in a normal fashion, they agree his maturity level is still rather stunted.
 
A scholar, poet, and avid nature photographer, Donald Sheehy is a Professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches American literature and writing courses in the Department of English and Theatre Arts.  He has published extensively on the life and work of Robert Frost and is an editor of The Letters of Robert Frost, forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 24, 1896
Date of Death:
December 21, 1940
Place of Birth:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Education:
Princeton University

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