In the past decade, Raymond Chandler has come to be recognized as a major mid-century American novelist. Though an immensely popular writer of mysteries, Chandler is now receiving the serious attention of scholars. He is seen as a writer with a deliberate approach toward the creation of fictions that present a significant criticism of American life. The essays and reviews in this volume trace the response to Chandler's work from 1944 to the present.
This volume traces the changing reception of Chandler's works. It includes essays and reviews from 1944 to the present. These pieces treat various aspects of Chandler's art, such as his writing style, the nature of the hard-boiled detective hero, the relation of Chandler to his contemporaries, Los Angeles as the setting for his fiction, studies of individual novels, and analyses of films of Chandler's works. An introductory chapter provides a context for understanding Chandler as a writer, and the bibliography at the end of the volume demonstrates the growing amount of attention his novels are receiving.
About the Author
J. K. VAN DOVER is Professor of English at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He has published books on William Kennedy, Daniel Defoe, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ian Fleming, and others.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword by Cameron Northouse
Introduction by J. K. Van Dover
Chandler and the Reviewers: American and English Observations on a P.I.'s Progress, 1939-1964 by J. K. Van Dover
A Cato of the Cruelties by R. W. Flint
Philip Marlowe Speaking by R. W. Lid
On Raymond Chandler by Fredric Jameson
From Raymond Chandler and an American Genre by E. M. Beekman
The Complex Art of Raymond Chandler by George N. Dove
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles by Tom S. Reck
Rats Behind The Wainscoting: Politics, Convention, and Chandler's The Big Sleep by Peter J. Rabinowitz
From Aggressive Reading: Detective Fiction and Realistic Narrative by James Guetti
Howard Hawks's The Big Sleep: A Paradigm for the Postwar American Family by Brian Gallagher
Chivalry and Modernity in Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep by Ernest Fontana
The Function of Simile in Raymond Chandler's Novels by Stephen L. Tanner
The Mind of the Hardboiled: Ross Macdonald and the Roles of Criticism by T. R. Steiner
Raymond Chandler and the Business of Literature by Johanna M. Smith
Narrative Symmetries in Farewell, My Lovely by J. K. Van Dover