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Raymond Chandler


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

Died
March 26, 1959

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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
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The Big Sleep

3.96 avg rating — 144,945 ratings — published 1939 — 518 editions
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The Long Goodbye (Philip Ma...

4.19 avg rating — 39,422 ratings — published 1953 — 786 editions
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Farewell, My Lovely

4.11 avg rating — 37,046 ratings — published 1940 — 774 editions
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The Lady in the Lake

4.05 avg rating — 23,599 ratings — published 1943 — 340 editions
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The High Window

4.04 avg rating — 21,622 ratings — published 1942 — 368 editions
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The Little Sister (Philip M...

3.98 avg rating — 15,912 ratings — published 1949 — 413 editions
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Trouble Is My Business

4.06 avg rating — 11,616 ratings — published 1939 — 651 editions
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Playback

3.79 avg rating — 9,489 ratings — published 1958 — 233 editions
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The Simple Art of Murder

4.14 avg rating — 5,804 ratings — published 1944 — 641 editions
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The Big Sleep  and Other No...

4.32 avg rating — 3,110 ratings — published 1939 — 11 editions
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Quotes by Raymond Chandler  (?)
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“To say goodbye is to die a little.”
Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

“There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.”
Raymond Chandler, Long Goodbye

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

Polls

August 2021 New School Classic Group Read Poll

Orlando by Virginia Woolf, 1928, 272 pages
 
  54 votes, 25.1%

 
  32 votes, 14.9%

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, 1972, 172 pages
 
  29 votes, 13.5%

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, 1979, 396 pages
 
  26 votes, 12.1%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 1939, 231 pages
 
  25 votes, 11.6%

 
  22 votes, 10.2%

The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić, 1945, 314 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.5%

 
  7 votes, 3.3%

 
  6 votes, 2.8%

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