Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter.
In 1932, at age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression. His first short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published just seven full novels during his lifetime (though an eighth in progress at his death was completed by Robert B. Parker). All but Playback have been realized into motion pictures, some several ... more »
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''It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country.''Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, November 15, 1951, to his New York literary agent Carl Brandt. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
''It is just possible that the tensions in a novel of murder are the simplest and yet most complete pattern of the tensions on which we live in this generation.''Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Oct. 17, 1948, to critic James Sandoe. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
''They don't want you until you have made a name, and by the time you have made a name, you have developed some kind of talent they can't use. All they will do is spoil it, if you let them.''Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, November 7, 1951, to editor Dale Warren. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
''A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.''Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, March 7, 1947. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
''If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and ... if they had been any better, I should not have come.''Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Dec. 12, 1945, Atlantic Monthly (Boston). Raymond Chandler Speaking, eds. Dorothy Gardiner and Kath...
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The Unknown Love
When the evening sun is slanting,
When the crickets raise their chanting,
And the dewdrops lie a-twinkling on the grass,
As I climb the pathway slowly,
With a mien half proud, half lowly,
O'er the ground your feet have trod I gently pass.
Round the empty house I wander,
Where the ivy now is fonder
Of your memory than those long gone away;
And I feel a sweet affection
For the plant that lends protection
To the window whence you looked on me that day.
Was it love or recognition,
When you stormed my weak position
And made prisoner my heart for ...