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General Information

Name:  Raymond Thornton Chandler  

Pen Name: Raymond Chandler

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: July 23, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois

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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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