Wo hier gerade die Benjamin-ButtonTrailer auftauchen: In der Kurzgeschichtensammlung Tales of the Jazz Age, in der auch die Button-Story steht, hat F. Scott Fitzgerald vor einige der Geschichten ein paar Anmerkungen geschrieben, die er für wichtig hielt. Hier die zu Button:

„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 scarcely 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 story Benjamin Button in Collier’s and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic. I have seen many pieces of cheese in my life but of all the pieces of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest piece. I hate to waste a piece of stationary on you but I will.“