Last night I was leafing through my copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald A to Z: The Essential Refernce to His Life and Work. The entry for Doctor Keene, the character who delivered Benjamin Button inspired me to read Scott's short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (1922).
The story reveals Fitzgerald to possess a fine sense of humor as well a superb ability to comment on society. With a minimum of detail, Scott creates a vivid image of the street outside the hospital where Benjamin Button is born and the hysterical, comedic reactions of the hospital staff to Button's unique appearance.
I've slagged off Scott in the past, but I have to retract my previous view of his work even though his Zelda fixation will always irritate me.