This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Why is This Side of Paradise considered to be a classic?

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I believe that novels are intended to be read for pleasure, for enjoyment, for relaxation, for fun. If you didn't like This Side of Paradise you are entitled to your opinion. I'm not at all sure the novel is considered a classic. It is read by many people because they love the writings of the great F. Scott Fitzgerald and can't get enough of him--mainly because there isn't enough of him. It is a great pity that he died at such an early age, because he could have contributed so much more to American literature. He didn't even live to finish The Last Tycoon--so many of his admirers read The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night over and over again, and they will read anything ever written by Fitzgerald, including his early...

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