Raymond Chandler

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 Farewell, My Lovely The High Window The Lady in the Lake The Little Sister The Long Goodbye Playback
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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

February 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  52 votes, 19.4%

Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pgs, 1987
 
  50 votes, 18.7%

 
  32 votes, 11.9%

I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 468 pgs, 1934
 
  25 votes, 9.3%

 
  20 votes, 7.5%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pgs, 1939
 
  16 votes, 6.0%

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, 355 pgs, 1961
 
  16 votes, 6.0%

 
  12 votes, 4.5%

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 216 pgs, 1940
 
  11 votes, 4.1%

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, 236 pgs, 1922
 
  9 votes, 3.4%

 
  8 votes, 3.0%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984
 
  7 votes, 2.6%

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, 174 pgs, 1944
 
  7 votes, 2.6%

Centennial by James A. Michener, 1056 pgs, 1974
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

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