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Raymond Chandler: From Pulp Magazine Writer to Literary Legend

Raymond Chandler(1888-1959) U.S. mystery writer. Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent most of his youth in England. He worked as a freelance journalist for the Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, he served in France with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the R.A.F.

At the age of forty-five, Chandler turned to a writing career, publishing his first story, Blackmailers Don't Shoot in the pulp fiction magazine Black Mask.

His most popular hero was Philip Marlowe, the good guy detective in stories full of mean and corrupt villains, back-stabbing friends and dangerous women. Marlowe was introduced in Chandler's first novel, The Big Sleep, which later appeared on the big screen.

Chandler's style was more thoughtful than the more prolific pulp writers, as he never sold more than five stories a year, and published only seven novels in his lifetime. Chandler also had a successful screenwriting career. He was nominated for two Academy awards for Double Indemnity (1944) and The Blue Dahlia (1946).



The Raymond Chandler Papers by Raymond Chandler

Selected Letters and Nonfiction, 1909 - 1959
Edited by Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane

Biographers Tom Hiner and Frank MacShane bring together a new selection of Raymond Chandler's correspondence--much of it never before made public--that ... read more


Playback by Raymond Chandler
As Chandler's last novel opens, Philip Marlowe meets a well-endowed redhead as she disembarks from the Super Chief and leads him to the California coast to solve a tale of big money and, of course, murder.

In Chandler's final novel, Marlowe is hired by an influ ... read more


Poodle Springs by Raymond Chandler

and Robert B. Parker

When Raymond Chandler died in 1959, he left behind the first four chapters of a new Philip Marlowe thriller. Decades later, Robert B. Parker, the bestselling creator of th ... read more


Raymond Chandler Speaking by Raymond Chandler
Tough-minded and typically idiosyncratic, here is Chandler on Chandler, the mystery novel, writing, Hollywood, TV, publishing, cats, and famous crimes. Paul Skenazy has provided a new introduction and a new selected bibliography.

"The man who emerges from this ... read more


Something More Than Night: Raymond Chandler by Peter Wolfe

The Case of Raymond Chandler

Something More Than Night takes you into the world of Raymond Chandler, and into the dark and lonely alleys of his life. A hard boiled story indeed. ... read more


The High Window by Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler's gripping novel is set in the California underworld, where Philip Marlow searches for a priceless gold coin and finds himself deep in the tangled affairs of a dead coin collector.

A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law ... read more


The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler's ingenious novel finds Marlowe constantly on the move with a case involving a war-scarred drunk and his nymphomaniac wife. A psychotic gangster's on his trail; he's in trouble with the cops; and an unequaled number of corpses turn up.

"The pro ... read more



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