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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Raymond Thornton Chandler  

Pen Name: Raymond Chandler

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: July 23, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois


-- The Raymond Chandler Website -- http://home.comcast.net/~mossrobert/
-- Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Chandler
-- Raymond Chandler on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=raymond+chandler


Illinois Connection

Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and lived there until 1895.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chandler was an American author of crime stories and novels of immense stylistic influence upon the the modern private eye story, especially in the style of the writing and the attitudes now characteristic of the genre. His modern private eye story, especially in the style of the writing and the attitudes now characteristic of the genre. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, is synonymous with "private detective," along with Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade.Chandler also wrote poetry and screenplays. Several of his books were adapted for film - ''The Falcon Takes Over'' (1942), ''Murder, My Sweet'' - originally released in the United Kingdom under the title ''Farewell, My Lovely'', which is the title of the novel it is based on, and also the film's original American title (1944), ''The Big Sleep'' (1946), ''The Brasher Doubloon'' - based on the novel ''The High Window'' by Raymond Chandler (1947), ''Lady in the Lake'' (1947), ''Marlowe'' - based on Raymond Chandler's 1949 novel The Little Sister (1969), ''The Long Goodbye'' (1973), ''Farewell, My Lovely'' (1975) and ''The Big Sleep'' (1978).


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Titles At Your Library

The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel)
ISBN: 0394758285

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1988

The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

Trouble Is My Business
ISBN: 0394757645

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1988

This collection by crime fiction master Raymond Chandler features four long stories in which private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to protect a rich old guy from a gold digger, runs afoul of crooked politicos, gets a line on some stolen jewels with a reward attached, and stumbles across a murder victim who may have been an extortionist.

Farewell, My Lovely
ISBN: 0394758277

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1992

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's second novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

Philip Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.

The High Window
ISBN: 0394758269

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1988

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's third novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune—the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation.

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." Erle Stanley Gardner

"Raymond Chandler has given us a detective who is hard-boiled enough to be convincing . . . and that is no mean achievement." --The New York Times

The Lady in the Lake
ISBN: 0394758250

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1988

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's fourth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

In The Lady in the Lake, hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler brings us the story of a couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—who have become the objects of Philip Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.

The Little Sister
ISBN: 039475767X

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1988

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's fifth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister, a movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure private eye Philip Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles.

The Simple Art of Murder
ISBN: 0394757653

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1988

In The Simple Art of Murder, which was prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, noir master Raymond Chandler argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, and this collection, mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps, demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form. Included are the classic stories "Spanish Blood," Pearls Are a Nuisance," and "Guns at Cyrano's," among others.

The Long Goodbye
ISBN: 0394757688

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1988

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's sixth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

Playback
ISBN: 0394757661

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 1988

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's final novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's Playback, Philip Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never heard of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but then decides he'd rather help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for it.

"Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence:" -- Ross Macdonald