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The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely (Modern Library Series)

The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely (Modern Library Series)

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by Raymond Chandler
     
 

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These two classic novels featuring private eye Philip Marlowe made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction.  The Big Sleep was an instant success when first published in 1939.  It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a case

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These two classic novels featuring private eye Philip Marlowe made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction.  The Big Sleep was an instant success when first published in 1939.  It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a case of blackmail that turns into murder.

Farewell My Lovely, which Chandler regarded as his finest work, came out the following year.  It has Marlowe dealing with the Los Angeles gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women.
"Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence," said Ross Macdonald.  And George V. Higgins wrote:  "Chandler is fun to read.  He's as bleak as tundra, and his dirtbag characters far outnumber his stellar citizens, but Philip Marlowe is a laconic tour guide through a zoo of truly interesting animals."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679601401
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Philip Marlowe Series
Edition description:
collection
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
800,850
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.58(h) x 1.43(d)

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The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 23, 1888
Date of Death:
March 26, 1959
Place of Birth:
Chicago Illinois
Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
Education:
Educated in England, France, and Germany

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The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely (Modern Library Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Chandler's stories, and he never disappoints. His writing is incredibly sharp, witty and it's never dull. If you like other authors such as Dashiell Hammett then do yourself the favor of reading some of Chandler's works.
JackBurbank More than 1 year ago
I'm hardly going to attempt writing a review of any of Raymond Chandler's works. They're already legendary and have been reviewed by people who know what they're writing about. This was a no-brainer purchase that will never be regretted. Now I've got two Chandlers' with me whenever I pack my Nook. I will add this though: The Nook version has a few glitches. I think one of the stories had an entire page missing (maybe more, it's hard to say) and one or two other odd transitions from one page to another. But it would be hard to blame any of that on Chandler. If you told him his writing would be stored in a Nook, he'd probably try to shorten the story so it would fit easier.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always believed that Chandler was one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century. Read these two novels and try to disagree with me.
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