March 26, 1959: Raymond Chandler goes for the big sleep, dying at age 70.
He didn’t invent the hardboiled PI, but nobody had done it better since.
March 26, 1920: F. Scott Fitzgerald catapults into the American literary scene with the Scribner’s publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise (the book started life as The Romantic Egoist, but was revised after failing to sell).
He was 25 years old and working on cars for money.
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