Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories/the Big Sleep/Farewell, My Lovely/the High Window

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Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories/the Big Sleep/Farewell, My Lovely/the High Window

Format:  Hardcover,

1216 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Oct 1995

ISBN-13: 9781883011079

ISBN-10: 1883011078

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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.

In Chandler's hands, the pulp crime story became a haunting mystery of power and corruption, set against a modern cityscape that is both lyrical and violent.

"As another reminder of where we've come from and why we're still reading mysteries, The Library of America has put together two handsome volumes of Raymond Chandler's work -- guaranteed to bring a broad grin of acquisitive delight to the face of any recipient". -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Oct 1995
ISBN-13: 9781883011079
ISBN-10: 1883011078
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1216
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.25 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Chandler, Raymond

Born in Chicago but raised in England, where he studied the classics, Raymond Chandler had early jobs as a reporter for English newspapers. He also worked as an accountant, bookkeeper, and auditor. But his first love was writing, and from 1933 to his death, Chandler was a professional writer. In addition to novels and short stories, Chandler wrote screenplays. He won two academy awards, for Double Indemnity (1944) and The Blue Dahlia (1946). Urban America's darker side fascinated Chandler as a place where the promise of America has gone wrong, corrupted by greed, money, and power.

Into this setting Chandler places detective Philip Marlowe, a disillusioned idealist made cynical by what he sees on the streets of Los Angeles. Chandler is said to demonstrate the imaginative possibilities of the detective story as he transforms the genre from formulaic puzzlement to cultural inquiry.

Chapter outline

Blackmailers Don't Shootp. 5
Smart-Aleck Killp. 52
Finger Manp. 94
Nevada Gasp. 146
Spanish Bloodp. 191
Guns at Cyrano'sp. 235
Pick-Up on Noon Streetp. 285
Goldfishp. 326
Red Windp. 368
The King in Yellowp. 418
Pearls Are a Nuisancep. 469
Trouble Is My Businessp. 514
I'll Be Waitingp. 569
The Big Sleepp. 587
Farewell, My Lovelyp. 765
The High Windowp. 985
Chronologyp. 1181
Note on the Textsp. 1191
Notesp. 1194

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1995-09-15)

These additions to the venerable series make official what mystery fans have always known: Raymond Chandler is one of the gods of American literature. Following the trail blazed by Dashiell Hammett, Chandler created Philip Marlowe and set the standard against which all private detective fiction is measured. This two-volume set covers the full canon of Chandler's work from early pulp stories to all the Marlowe novels, the screenplay for Double Indemnity, and essays on the mystery genre plus the usual Library of America goodies such as notes on the text and a chronology of the author's life. In terms of literary inventions, the Wild West cowboy and the hard-boiled P.I. are this country's only true native sons and are deserving of respect. One of them at least now has it.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Stories and Early Novels includes every story that Chandler did not later incorporate into a novel - thirteen in all. Drawn from the pages of Black Mask and Dime Detective, these stories show how Chandler adapted the violent conventions of the pulp magazines - with their brisk exposition and rapid-fire dialogue - to his own emerging vision of 20th-century America. Raymond Chandler: Stories and Early Novels contains a newly researched chronology of Chandler's life, explanatory notes, and an essay on the texts.

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