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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“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

October 2016 New School Group Read

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  34 votes, 21.5%

 
  32 votes, 20.3%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.1%

1984, Neuromancer by William Gibson, 271 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.5%

1924, The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 706 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.6%

1939, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.6%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 432 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.0%

1956, The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick, 103 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.0%

1990, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, 246 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.1%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.2%

1978, Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec, 581 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

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