Collected Stories

Collected Stories

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Overview

The only complete edition of stories by the undisputed master of detective literature, collected here for the first time in one volume, including some stories that have been unavailable for decades.

 

When Raymond Chandler turned to writing at the age of forty-five, he began by publishing stories in pulp magazines such as “Black Mask” before later writing his famous novels. These stories are where Chandler honed his art and developed his uniquely vivid underworld, peopled with good cops and bad cops, informers and extortionists, lethally predatory blondes and redheads, and crime, sex, gambling, and alcohol in abundance. In addition to his classic hard-boiled stories–in which his signature atmosphere of depravity and violence swirls around the cool, intuitive loners whose type culminated in the famous detective Philip Marlowe–Chandler also turned his hand to fantasy and even a gothic romance.

 

This rich treasury of twenty-five stories shows Chandler developing the terse, laconic, understated style that would serve him so well in his later masterpieces, and immerses the reader in the richly realized fictional universe that has become an enduring part of our literary landscape

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375415005
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2002
Series: Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics
Pages: 1336
Sales rank: 395,293
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler’s detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler’s novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

Date of Birth:

July 23, 1888

Date of Death:

March 26, 1959

Place of Birth:

Chicago Illinois

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California

Education:

Educated in England, France, and Germany

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funbooks2read More than 1 year ago
Excellent quality, a beautiful book! Of course Chandler was the greatest writer ever, we all know that, that's why we bought the book. The description fails to mention that this edition is of exceptional quality. The picture you see is a dust jacket, very nice in itself. The book is a hardback covered in red fabric, with a gold embossed spine! And there's even a gold ribbon bookmark so we will never lose our place while reading these wonderful stories by the best writer ever! I consider this book to be heirloom quality, both for the book itself and for the memorable, moving stories contained therein. An absolute MUST for all fans of Raymond Chandler.