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.
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Date of Birth:
July 23, 1888
Place of Birth:
Date of Death:
March 26, 1959
|Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
Educated in England, France, and Germany
|Collected Chandler||Learn More|
|The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Nonfiction, 1909-1959|
Tom Hiney (Editor), Frank MacShane (Editor)
To read from this selection of early writings is to hear a voice completely different from that of the hard-boiled Marlowe. However, Chandler presaged his own creation in this rumination on the modern hero: "We care nothing for his clothes, nor his manners nor his antecedents nor his actions ... But there is one quality which we demand in him: he must be a remarkable person."
|Raymond Chandler: A Biography|
"The book is at its best when following Chandler's point-blank handling of his alcoholism," observed The Library Journal of this revelatory book on Chandler. "Though the text is often repetitious and contains some errors, it nonetheless will imbibe readers with a working knowledge of the subject's life."