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A mysterious something in the light : the life of Raymond Chandler

Author: Tom Williams
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half-truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye. Now, drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters, and archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Tom Williams casts a new light on this most mysterious of writers. Raymond is a man troubled by loneliness and desertion from an early age. Born in Chicago in 1888, his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Raymond Chandler; Raymond Chandler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Williams
ISBN: 9781613748404 161374840X
OCLC Number: 829738854
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2012 by Aurum Press"--Title page verso.
Description: xv, 368 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "My father was an alcoholic" --
"I was raised on Latin and Greek" --
"A man without a country" --
Welcome to Los Angeles --
Raymio --
Making a start --
A pulp writer --
Writing The big sleep --
"A few drops of Tabasco on the oyster" --
Hollywood --
"No job for amateurs" --
"The limitations of a popular art" --
"Subdued magic" --
"Sit with me while I dream."
Responsibility: Tom Williams.
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"The life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half-truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye. Now, drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters, and archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Tom Williams casts a new light on this most mysterious of writers. Raymond is a man troubled by loneliness and desertion from an early age. Born in Chicago in 1888, his childhood was overshadowed by the collapse of his parents' marriage, his father's alcohol-fuelled violence eventually forcing the boy and his doting mother to leave for Ireland and later London. but class-bound England proved stifling, and Chandler, in his twenties and eager to forge a new life, returned to the US where--in corruption-ridden LA--he met his one great love, Cissy Pascal, a married woman eighteen years his senior. It was only during middle age, after his alcoholism wrecked a lucrative career an oilman, that Chandler seriously turned to crime fiction. And his legacy--the lonely, ambiguous world of Philip Marlowe--endures."--Publisher's description.

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