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Ross Macdonald


Born
in Los Gatos, California, The United States
December 13, 1915

Died
July 11, 1983

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Ross Macdonald is the pseudonym of the American-Canadian writer of crime fiction Kenneth Millar. He is best known for his series of hardboiled novels set in southern California and featuring private detective Lew Archer.

Millar was born in Los Gatos, California, and raised in his parents' native Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he started college. When his father abandoned his family unexpectedly, Macdonald lived with his mother and various relatives, moving several times by his sixteenth year. The prominence of broken homes and domestic problems in his fiction has its roots in his youth.

In Canada, he met and married Margaret Sturm (Margaret Millar)in 1938. They had a daughter, Linda, who died in 1970.

He began his career writing stories fo
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“The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.”
Ross McDonald

“There was nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure.”
Ross Macdonald, The Drowning Pool

“Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.”
Ross MacDonald

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