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A Week in Literary History

July 23rd, 2002

American novelist Raymond Chandler (Farewell, My Lovely, 1940) is born in Chicago in 1880.

Raymond Chandler, b. July 23, 1888, d. 1959

chandler.jpgChandler and Dashiell Hammett are the stylistic progenitors of modern crime fiction. The hard-boiled style reached its literary peak in Chandler’s work, and his protagonist, Philip Marlowe. The conventions he established, known as “the canon,” gave us the detached, ironic hero-as-observer, but with a personal code that seeks order and justice in a chaotic world: “Down these mean streets a man must go who is himself not mean.” Chandler also had a gift for brilliantly colorful writing and metaphor. One example: “A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.” More than a few aspiring writers have been wrecked on the rock of his work.

Suggested Reading Novels The Big Sleep, 1939. Farewell, My Lovely, 1940. The High Window, 1942. The Lady in the Lake, 1943. The Little Sister, 1949. The Long Goodbye, 1953. Playback, 1958. Short Stories Five Murderers, 1944. Five Sinister Characters, 1945. Fingerman and Other Stories, 1947. The Simple Art of Murder, 1950. Killer in the Rain, 1964. Screenplays Double Indemnity, 1944. And Now Tomorrow, 1944. The Unseen, 1945. The Blue Dahlia, 1946. Strangers on a Train, 1951. Letters & Notebooks Raymond Chandler Speaking, 1962. The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler and English Summer: A Gothic Romance, 1976. Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler, 1981.

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