Chandler: Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep /Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window

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In Raymond Chandler's hands, the pulp crime story became a haunting mystery of power and corruption, set against a modern cityscape both lyrical and violent. With humor, and an unerring sense of dialogue and the telling detail he created a fictional universe out of the dark side of sunlit Los Angeles. In the process, he transformed both the crime novel and American writing. Stories and Early Novels includes the first three novels featuring Chandler's great creation, private eye Philip Marlow: tough, ...
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Overview

In Raymond Chandler's hands, the pulp crime story became a haunting mystery of power and corruption, set against a modern cityscape both lyrical and violent. With humor, and an unerring sense of dialogue and the telling detail he created a fictional universe out of the dark side of sunlit Los Angeles. In the process, he transformed both the crime novel and American writing. Stories and Early Novels includes the first three novels featuring Chandler's great creation, private eye Philip Marlow: tough, disillusioned, and sensitive. In The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, and The High WIndow, Marlow's investigations lead him from Los Angeles shanties and honkey tonks to the highest reaches of power, encountering a world of gangsters and crooked politicans, lost souls and small-time operators. Thirteen stories from the pulp magazines Black Mask and Dime Detective include such classics as "Red Wind" and "Trouble Is My Business." The volume, with its companion, Later Novels and Other Writings, comprise the most comprehensive edition available of America's greatest mystery writer.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These additions to the venerable series make official what mystery fans have always known: Raymond Chandler is one of the gods of American literature. Following the trail blazed by Dashiell Hammett, Chandler created Philip Marlowe and set the standard against which all private detective fiction is measured. This two-volume set covers the full canon of Chandler's work from early pulp stories to all the Marlowe novels, the screenplay for Double Indemnity, and essays on the mystery genre plus the usual Library of America goodies such as notes on the text and a chronology of the author's life. In terms of literary inventions, the Wild West cowboy and the hard-boiled P.I. are this country's only true native sons and are deserving of respect. One of them at least now has it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883011079
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1216
  • Sales rank: 587,636
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler
Nobody but Chandler could have created a private eye hero as cool as Philip Marlowe, but writers have been trying ever since the author's precedent-setting '40s crime novels were published. Along with Dashiell Hammett, Chandler is revered as a noir father figure; his creation of a romantic L.A. full of dangerous women and crooked characters is so woven into modern consciousness that it's easy to forget that it was fictional.

Biography

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Raymond Thornton Chandler
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 23, 1888
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      March 26, 1959
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

Table of Contents

Blackmailers Don't Shoot 5
Smart-Aleck Kill 52
Finger Man 94
Nevada Gas 146
Spanish Blood 191
Guns at Cyrano's 235
Pick-Up on Noon Street 285
Goldfish 326
Red Wind 368
The King in Yellow 418
Pearls Are a Nuisance 469
Trouble Is My Business 514
I'll Be Waiting 569
The Big Sleep 587
Farewell, My Lovely 765
The High Window 985
Chronology 1181
Note on the Texts 1191
Notes 1194
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    I agree with Joyce Carol Oates

    This book does need a companion essay explaining the seminal importance of Chandler's work. But I would not take this book away because it lacks this. I would instead recommend a companion read such as The Perfect Murder: A Study In Detection written by David Lehman to really get an idea of the moral and historical importance of Detective Novels in general, and, specifically, Chandler.

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