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Plexities of his thirty year marriage to Cissy a woman seventeen years his senior Raymond Chandler is personal portrait of an author as extraordinary as the fiction he created a body of work that has sold than five million copies been translated into twenty five languages and inspired countless imitators A discerning portrait of the creator of Philip Marlowe the archetypal American private eye Newswe. I can t believe the author missed the fact that the writer for the screenplay of Robert Altman s film The Long Goodbye was Leigh Brackett the same who wrote The Big Sleep starring Bogart thirty years before

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And his later years as a novelist and screenwriter in the heyday of the Hollywood studio system Along the way he provides illuminating insights into the writer's inspirations and work as well as accounts of Chandler's battles with alcohol addiction and his friendships with Howard Hawks Lucky Luciano S J Perelman and Alfred Hitchcock This book is also the first to fully detail the significance and com. Read this book starting with the last section as it describes Chandler s declining health and spiral into depression and alcohol Then I leap frogged about the book reading people or events mentioned in that section his relationship with the love of his life his wife Cissy working with Billy Wilder on Double Indemnity I delved into the section on his work of The Lady of the Lake a favorite film noir Very readable Hiney used Chandler s own words to describe events and people rather than using uotes to evidence Hiney s conclusions This techniue made the book read like a novel I particulary respected Hiney s section at the end proving Chandler was not a racist or misogynist Hiney s implication being that characters set in a certain time period will talk a certain way The character talks that way while the author may not believe the same Good book about a great writer

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Raymond Chandler is an uncensored look at the tortured man who wrote the classic mystery novels The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye Using recently uncovered archival materials including personal papers and correspondence biographer Thomas Hiney vividly evokes Chandler's early years in Nebraska his education in England and on the corrupt streets of Los Angeles. Reading this biography I found myself coming to like Raymond Chandler than I thought I wouldThrough various articles I d read I had come to the impression that Chandler the man was cantankerous rude and nothing like Philip Marlowe The very public recollections of Billy Wilder probably helped form that opinion as the two did really fall into a hatehate relationship with each other But the man I found in these pages seemed a kind and intelligent soul devoted to his wife who nonetheless struggled with terrible alcoholism An addiction he couldn t uite bring himself to admit What s there was a lot of Marlowe to him there was the nobility the jaundice eye and even the loneliness Chandler may have been a married man and not a perpetual bachelor but he was still someone who cut himself off from the outside world even as he craved itThis is a fine nuts and bolts biography which takes us through his life on both sides of the Atlantic and the creation of his books and his legacy It made me want to curl up and read The BIG SLEEP to THE LONG GOODBYE all over again No than that The write up that Hiney gives it actually makes me want to read PLAYBACK againThe wonderful Megan Abbott penned an article the other week about Chandler s problems with women in his novels Reading with a Twenty First Century eye there may be issues relating to both gender and race but even if that s the case I d never be able to divorce myself from loving these books His writing is brutal poetry and is still wedded to my soul after three dozen rereads


10 thoughts on “Raymond Chandler

  1. says:

    Tom Hiney has thoroughly catalogued the somewhat bizarre and troubled life of Raymond Chandler who would become perhaps the most celebrated crime novelist of the Twentieth Century Chandler was born in the US in 1888 and e

  2. says:

    Reading this biography I found myself coming to like Raymond Chandler than I thought I wouldThrough various articles I’d read I had come to the impression that Chandler the man was cantankerous rude and nothing

  3. says:

    Decent but not great bio on the great mystery writer One strength of the book is its detailed chapters on Chandler's writing process his first attempts at writing stories for pulp magazines his early novels and hi

  4. says:

    Hiney's biography leans heavily on Frank MacShane's 1976 biography a superior book in most respects The one advantage that Hiney has over MacS

  5. says:

    Here's a good solid biography of mystery writer Raymond Chandler After working my way through the books this was a good read to under

  6. says:

    Read this book starting with the last section as it describes Chandler's declining health and spiral into depression and alcohol Then I leap f

  7. says:

    Having read most of the Phillip Marlowe series I am a big fan This is a well resourced and written factual bio about a complex genius Born in 1888 Chandler went to school in England moved to the US and tried being a poet at which he was extremely mediocre He was gifted at math and became in 3 4 months an accoun

  8. says:

    some pretty avoidable errors in here that only someone who didn't go to the prom in high school would notice phi

  9. says:

    I can't believe the author missed the fact that the writer for the screenplay of Robert Altman's film The Long Goodbye was Leigh Brackett the same who wrote The Big Sleep starring Bogart thirty years before

  10. says:

    The blurb says something like this biography is a good thriller Lamely put and I wouldn't uite say it's true but I did think it was as absorbing as Chandler's own stuff even maybe so

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