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The life of Raymond Chandler

Author: Frank MacShane
Publisher: New York : E.P. Dutton, ©1976.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Along with Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler invented the modern detective novel. He was a master of the "wise-crack" and the foremost exponent of the tough-guy school of writing. Raymond was also a writer of distinction in a field where quality was not expected. Dismissed for his unpredictable drinking habits, the mad who revealed California's seamy side in novels such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
MacShane, Frank.
Life of Raymond Chandler.
New York : E.P. Dutton, ©1976
(OCoLC)571050651
Named Person: Raymond Chandler; Raymond Chandler; Raymond Chandler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank MacShane
ISBN: 0525145524 9780525145523
OCLC Number: 1945575
Description: xii, 306 pages, [8] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 . Nebraska to Dulwich --
2. The return to America --
3. Black mask --
4. The big sleep --
5. Law is where you buy it --
6. The golden graveyard --
7. The reluctant suburb --
8. No third act --
9. The long goodbye --
10. Nocturne --
11. Once in a while forever --
Chandler's publications.
Responsibility: Frank MacShane.

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Along with Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler invented the modern detective novel. He was a master of the "wise-crack" and the foremost exponent of the tough-guy school of writing. Raymond was also a writer of distinction in a field where quality was not expected. Dismissed for his unpredictable drinking habits, the mad who revealed California's seamy side in novels such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely did not turn to fiction until the age of 44. He began with the pulps, and five years later tried his hand at novels. Within a few years the hero of his books, Philip Marlowe, had won a passionate international following [as] the tough but sentimental private eye. ... As Frank MacShane's entertaining biography shows, Raymond Chandler was the genuine article: a serious novelist who touched millions of readers. Drawing extensively on conversations with surviving members of the Chandler circle ... and from exclusive access to private correspondence and unpublished papers, Mr. MacShane's book is the first study of the life and times of this lively and influential literary figure. --From dust jacket.

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