Raymond Chandler





Raymond Chandler

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born
in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
July 23, 1888

died
March 26, 1959

gender
male

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About this author

Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriter.

In 1932, at age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression. His first short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published just seven full novels during his lifetime (though an eighth in progress at his death was completed by Robert B. Parker). All but Playback have been realized into motion pictures, some several times. In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on
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Average rating: 4.08 · 156,416 ratings · 7,099 reviews · 180 distinct works · Similar authors
The Big Sleep
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 64,507 ratings — published 1939 — 178 editions
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The Long Goodbye
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 18,787 ratings — published 1953 — 116 editions
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Farewell, My Lovely
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 18,700 ratings — published 1940 — 100 editions
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The Lady in the Lake
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 9,784 ratings — published 1943 — 104 editions
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The High Window
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 8,868 ratings — published 1942 — 73 editions
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Trouble is My Business
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 8,492 ratings — published 1950 — 45 editions
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The Little Sister
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 7,423 ratings — published 1949 — 76 editions
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The Simple Art of Murder
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 3,543 ratings — published 1944 — 26 editions
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Playback
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,768 ratings — published 1958 — 64 editions
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Poodle Springs
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 2,857 ratings — published 1989 — 33 editions
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More books by Raymond Chandler…
“There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.”
Raymond Chandler, Long Goodbye

“To say goodbye is to die a little.”
Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ”
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