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Later novels and other writings

Author: Raymond Chandler
Publisher: New York : Literary Classics of the United States, 1995.
Series: Library of America, 80.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Later Novels and Other Writings begins with The Lady in the Lake (1943). Written during the war, the story takes Marlowe out of the seamy L.A. streets to the deceptive tranquility of the surrounding mountains, as the search for a businessman's missing wife expands into an elegy of loneliness and loss. The darker tone typical of Chandler's later fiction is evident in The Little Sister (1949), in which an ambitious  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Named Person: Philip Marlowe, (Fictitious character); Philip Marlowe, (Fictitious character); Raymond Chandler; Raymond Chandler
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Chandler
ISBN: 1883011086 9781883011086
OCLC Number: 51380726
Description: 1076 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: The lady in the lake --
The little sister --
The Long goodbye --
Playback --
Double indemnity --
Selected essays and letters.
Series Title: Library of America, 80.
Other Titles: Lady in the lake.
Little sister.
Long goodbye.
Playback.
Double indemnity.
Works.
Responsibility: Raymond Chandler.

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Later Novels and Other Writings begins with The Lady in the Lake (1943). Written during the war, the story takes Marlowe out of the seamy L.A. streets to the deceptive tranquility of the surrounding mountains, as the search for a businessman's missing wife expands into an elegy of loneliness and loss. The darker tone typical of Chandler's later fiction is evident in The Little Sister (1949), in which an ambitious starlet, a blackmailer, and a seemingly naive young woman from Manhattan, Kansas, are the key players in a plot that provides fuel for a bitter indictment of Hollywood and Chandler's most savage portrayal of his adopted city. The Long Goodbye (1953), his most ambitious and self-revealing novel, uncovers a more anguished resonance in the Marlowe character, in a plot that hinges on the betrayal of friendship and the compromises of middle age. Playback (1958), written originally as a screenplay, is Chandler's seventh and last novel. A special feature of this volume is Chandler's long-unavailable screenplay for the film noir classic Double Indemnity (1944), adapted from James M. Cain's novel. Supplementing the volume, and providing a more personal glimpse of Chandler's personality, are a selection of essays - including "The Simple Art of Murder," in which Chandler muses on his pulp roots and on the special qualities of his hero and style - and eleven letters that range wittily and often sardonically over the worlds of writing, publishing, and filmmaking.

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