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Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler
Author: Frank MacShane

ISBN: 9780231050807
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 501
Published: 17 December 1980
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.8 x 15.3 x 3.9
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I don't know why the hell I write so many letters, Raymond Chandler once mused to a correspondent. "I guess my mind is just to active for its own good."

In the seven novels from "The Big Sleep" (1939) to "Playback" (1958) and in a handful of short stories, Raymond Chandler recorded a vision of Southern California life sparked by acerbic observations on every level of coast society, from drug dealers and crooked cops to heiresses. But Chandler's gifts of observation and analysis extended well past the streets, alleyways, roadhouses, and stately homes that made up the world of his detective-hero Phillip Marlowe.

Brought together in this volume are some of the hundreds of letters Chandler wrote-many of them composed during long, insomniac nights. Chandler commented on all that he saw around him, from his own personal foibles, to the works of his contemporaries Ernest Hemingway and Edmund Wilson, to education, English society, and world events. Acute, sometimes impassioned, often witty, the "Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler" contains lively anecdotes of Hollywood, critical dissections of hi...

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