Raymond Chandler by Raymond Chandler
Collected Stories (Everyman's Library)

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The only complete edition of stories by the undisputed master of detective literature, collected here for the first time in one volume, including some stories that have been unavailable for decades.

When Raymond Chandler turned to writing at the age of forty-five, he began by publishing stories in pulp magazines such as “Black Mask” before later writing his famous novels. These stories are where Chandler honed his art and developed his uniquely vivid underworld, peopled with good cops and bad cops, informers and extortionists, lethally predatory blondes and redheads, and crime, sex, gambling, and alcohol in abundance. In addition to his classic hard-boiled stories–in which his signature atmosphere of depravity and violence swirls around the cool, intuitive loners whose type culminated in the famous detective Philip Marlowe–Chandler also turned his hand to fantasy and even a gothic romance.

This rich treasury of twenty-five stories shows Chandler developing the terse, laconic, understated style that would serve him so well in his later masterpieces, and immerses the reader in the richly realized fictional universe that has become an enduring part of our literary landscape
 

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Published September 27, 2002 by Everyman's Library. 1336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pub Date: March 18th, 1954 ISBN: 0394757688 Page count:...

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Anyone who's found Chandler's peerless Philip Marlowe novels tangled (and who hasn't?) may have wondered if reimagining them as comic books--sorry, graphic novels--would make their dizzying plotlines any clearer.

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This definitive omnibus of Chandler's short fiction, prefaced by John Bayley's suavely general, very English introduction, makes previous collections look downright niggardly.

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of an elderly pervert surprised while masturbating in a public toilet.") And there's plenty of Chandler on Chandler: self-deprecating, dissatisfied, yet also arrogant--especially in a fascinating letter (not mailed) to Alfred Hitchcock, who wanted more Hitch and less Chandler in the Strangers on ...

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Few writers own a city as completely as Raymond Chandler owns Los Angeles.

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The Guardian

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The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Non-Fiction, 1909-1959 eds Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane 267pp, Hamish Hamilton, £20 Buy it at BOL Certain authors generate the literary equivalent of merchandising: Raymond Chandler is currently one of them, fitting snugly into the o...

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The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Non-Fiction Edited by Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane Hamish Hamilton, £20, pp266 Buy it at BOL According to Tom Hiney, who has already written a well-received biography of Raymond Chandler, his letters 'are an unusually honest and freewheeling jour...

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Publishers Weekly

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Replete with photographs and reproductions""of manuscript pages, dust jackets, movie posters and advertisements""not to mention contemporary reviews, interviews, excerpts and biographical investigations, Hardboiled Mystery Writers takes a behind-the-gritty-streets look at the lives and times ...

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Lark's impressive comics adaptation of Chandler's archetypal hardboiled detective novel integrates the best of the latter's classic tough-guy dialogue and feverishly intricate plotting with Lark's stylishly noir illustrations.

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Express

Tom Williams does not trouble us with any startlingly new conclusions but his treatment is unfussy and shows how Chandler’s “troubled childhood, his complicated family relationships, his profound awkwardness about sex and women and his battle with alcohol all variously frustrated, coloured and fu...

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Offering a fascinating insight into the life of one of the greatest and most influential crime writers of the 20th century, Tom Williams’s biography is packed with nuggets of information on life in Victorian Ireland and America.

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Independent.ie

By the time his first novel, The Big Sleep, was published, Chandler was over 50.

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Independent.ie

When Raymond Chandler was buried in 1959 at the age of 70 in La Jolla, the Californian town that had been home for much of his adult life, just 17 mourners attended the funeral.

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Scotsman.com

The poet W H Auden, writing in Harpers in 1948, said, “Whatever he may say, I think Mr Chandler is interested in writing, not detective stories, but serious studies of a criminal milieu, the Great Wrong Place, and his powerful but extremely depressing books should be read and judged, not as escap...

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London Review of Books

‘Do you suppose,’ Chandler once admonished an aspiring author, ‘I became one of the most successful mystery writers of any age by thinking about me?’ Chandler invented a hero without a history: Marlowe, as he describes himself in The Long Goodbye, had ‘both parents dead, no brothers or sisters, a...

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Mail Online

Priestley went to Los Angeles, the blunt, pipe-puffing Yorkshireman got off on the wrong foot by saying, as Chandler drove him away from the airport, that although he liked Chandler’s books, he thought perhaps he should try writing something without murders in it.

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Chamber Four

If you like mysteries and crime fiction at all–even if all you’ve read is Steig Larsson–and you haven’t already read The Big Sleep, go for it Similar Reads: The Thin Man (Hammett), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Larsson).

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The New York Review of Books

It also appeared in the following articles: The Knight of Sunset Boulevard (December 6, 2007) Each print has an approximate image size of 7-1/2" x 10-1/2", is printed on heavy white archival paper, and comes in a matte black wood-composite 12" x 16" glass frame with an o...

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Book Geeks

The greens, reds, and golds of California, the silks and patterns of the women’s dresses, and the stark enviroment that Marlowe surrounds himself with are richer than the black and white image that has so firmly been attached to the character.

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The Paris Review

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So with Issue 21 tucked under my arm I’m off to a dive populated by bleary-eyed journos and yet-to-be-discovered artists to sip absinth and wallow in melancholia.

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