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The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters And Non Fiction, 1909 1959

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"With his classic novels and stories featuring the hardboiled private detective Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler transformed the detective story and became one of the most iconic and imitated writers of the twentieth century. But despite the fame he attained through best-selling books such as The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye, as well as the screenplay for such groundbrea ...more
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Scott Smith
Chandler had a gift for sarcasm and phrasing that I enjoy... But what a miserable guy he seems to have been.
Ben
Maybe I should have given this 5 stars, but I was a little disappointed by how many of the letters in this volume were also in Raymond Chandler Speaking. It's been a while since I read The Collected Letters but I think there's also some overlap with that. A bit of a let down since the book doesn't include more of Chandler's essays, especially The Simple Art of Murder. But there's great writing throughout and I'm glad I read it.
Alicia
This was a wonderful collection of writing, mostly personal letters. Chandler had such a dry wit and was a self-described intellectual snob. He could also be incredibly humble and self-effacing. One can see which parts of him shine through in Marlowe.

I loved reading his thoughts on language, American and British culture, the writing process, the publishing business, and his contemporaries--namely Hammet and Cain. The end of the book is kind of sad; Chandler's wife of 30 years had a protracted i
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Norman Isaacson
Dissatisfaction seemed to be a major element of his life. Maybe it was due to his classic European education and how that background hit hard against the American way of life or the American system. His observations about this country were extremely perceptive, but they were no more than a tiny wave in an ocean of difference.
Brent Legault
I don't how he managed to drink so much and remain clear-headed enough to write these cared-for and insight-heavy letters. I don't know how, but it doesn't matter. They exist and that's enough for me. Here's a thing he wrote that I thought stood out among an outstanding collection of literary wisdom and aphorism:

. . .it doesn't matter a damn what a novel is about, that the only fiction of any moment in any age is that which does magic with words, and the the subject matter is merley the springbo
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Gabriel
A decent selection of Chandler's letters, with occasional prose interspersed. Not much else to say, really. This is essentially the earlier MacShane selection, but mercifully better curated/selected. If you've already looked through the MacShane, there's nothing (really) new here. Chandler goes on and on about cats and books.
Catherine Clinch
Chandler made me fall in love with Los Angeles, with detective noir and - ultimately - with his heart. When he writes about the death of his wife, I cried as if hearing about the death of someone I actually knew. THAT is the level of mastery that every writer should aspire to reach.
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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
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