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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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...more


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The Big Sleep
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 51,961 ratings — published 1939 — 142 editions
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The Long Goodbye
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 14,729 ratings — published 1953 — 97 editions
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Farewell, My Lovely
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 14,794 ratings — published 1940 — 11 editions
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The Lady in the Lake
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 7,493 ratings — published 1943 — 89 editions
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The High Window
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 6,927 ratings — published 1942 — 60 editions
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The Little Sister
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 5,860 ratings — published 1949 — 57 editions
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Trouble is My Business
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 4,757 ratings — published 1950 — 42 editions
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The Simple Art of Murder
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 2,684 ratings — published 1939 — 20 editions
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Playback
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 2,798 ratings — published 1958 — 62 editions
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 2,042 ratings — published 1989 — 29 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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