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In 1939, his first novel, The Big Sleep, was published. He went on to write six more novels, many of which were made into movies. He also wrote original screenplays, such as Double Indemnity (1944) and Strangers on a Train (1951).

Born out of the tradition of Hammett and James M. Cain, Chandler's work and his protagonist Philip Marlowe stand as one of the landmarks of American literature.

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Charles Wille - 07:27pm Dec 1, 1998 PST(#15 of 79)

I've just finished watching a Bravo piece on Chandler. Can anyone recommend a credible biography?

LiAnna Davis - 05:53pm Dec 3, 1998 PST(#16 of 79)

"Raymond Chandler, A Biography," by Tom Hiney and "The Life of Raymond Chandler," by Frank MacShane. I'm not sure if they're credible, but they both pretty much tell the same tale, so I'm assuming they're true. "Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler," edited by MacShane is also quite fascinating.

P Marlowe - 11:01am Dec 5, 1998 PST(#17 of 79)
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Several years ago read a fascintating essay about Chandler and Hitchcook. Chandler wrote screenplay for "Strangers on a Train." Two crazy geniuses at odds with one another over creative license. Both possessing strength of character and conviction. Think it was written by Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto, but don't remember book title.

Josephine McMullen - 12:28am Mar 13, 1999 PST(#18 of 79)

I have been reading Chandler insanely for the past 8 weeks... I'd like to find a 1st edition or an autographed edition of one of his books. Does anyone know where I might get one of these?

Fran Hinkel - 10:53am Mar 16, 1999 PST(#19 of 79)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Hi Josephine

You might try posting your question HERE for some help.

Hugh Drummond - 06:40am May 8, 1999 PST(#20 of 79)
" I have a criminal mind... I see bad in everyone," (Mr. J.G. Reeder)

Josephine. Are you a millionaire? Do ytou have oodles of spare cash lying about? If not, avoid autographed copies. They cost the earth (unless the bookseller hasn't noticed that it's autographed. My brother found a book like that once). After all, what are you paying for? The book will be just another book. Unless it's like my first edition Wallace, where the endint is missing, so I had to buy a later edition. Seriously, unless you're really into collecting, avoid that sort of thing. Firsts can be better value for money. I can't tell you American prices, but provincial (outside London) British prices are usually about ten to twelve pounds. As for where to find one, ransack all second hand bookshops within a sensible travel-time.


John Zaphiriou - 03:28pm May 15, 1999 PST(#21 of 79)

I was contacted by a member and he ask me question about the writing today. And it got me thinking about Raymond Chandler and his writings. I would think based upon what Chandler said in his letters that he would be aghast at the shape-shifting bloat of mystery novel today. Nowadays, it all the rage to domesticate the PI to render him or her "ordinary" to show him\her wrestling with the spouse and the kids and mortage payment and dinner parties, but it does little for a genre that was chiseled on the margins, and whose best flatfoot would turn a jaded eye to the dominate culture rather than grapple for a toehold within it.

Hugh Drummond - 10:44am May 17, 1999 PST(#22 of 79)
" I have a criminal mind... I see bad in everyone," (Mr. J.G. Reeder)

What place have drudgery and unhappy marriages (of the hero) in the 'Modern Morality Play' (this is the phrase of the editors of the defunct Edgar Wallace Mystery magazine, not mine)? None. And I quite agree with Chandler's view of Smart society.


Linus Whittaker - 01:23pm Jun 4, 1999 PST(#23 of 79)

I know Raymond Chandler was the first person to put the phrase "You can't win 'em all," in print (at least he's credited for it.) Does anyone know who said it and in which book?

Hugh Drummond - 03:07am Jun 8, 1999 PST(#24 of 79)
" I have a criminal mind... I see bad in everyone," (Mr. J.G. Reeder)

Really? I thought it was Socrates.


Linus Whittaker - 03:41pm Jun 8, 1999 PST(#25 of 79)

I'm guessing this is a joke... but maybe it's not. So, Hugh-- 'fess up to the Greek philosophy joke you're making!

I read this in an old New Yorker article, where the author wrote, "As Raymond CHandler famously wrote, 'You can't win 'em all...'"

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