Jack Finney’s short story, entitled Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket, was originally published in the June 1956 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. Tom Benecke, the protagonist of the story, is in the process of allowing his corporate ambition to ruin other areas of his life. A chance breeze that blows through his apartment, however, changes everything, forcing Tom Benecke to reevaluate his goals and priorities. The story includes themes such as the rejection of authority, the absurdity of the corporate world, and the embracing of the carnivalesque aspects of life.
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American author Jack Finney announced his major thematic material early in his career, in the short story "I'm Scared": "Haven't you noticed," the narrator comments, "... on the part of nearly everyon...
Jack Finney has never shown in his writing the fascination with the future as a setting which is so often central to science fiction. Instead he develops a mystique of the past, its lost opportunities...