Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959.
Raymond Thornton Chandler.
American fiction writer, poet and screenwriter born in Chicago and raised and educated in Britain,
where he worked as a civil servant before returning to the U.S. Best known for his hard-boiled crime
fiction and his use of striking similes, which has been influential enough to become a cliché in the
The Big Sleep. 1939.
Chandler's first novel, introducing his archetypical protagonist, Los Angeles private investigator
Philip Marlowe. A complicated mystery involving the daughters of Marlowe's employer General Sternwood,
one of whom is being blackmailed. Adapted to film in 1946 and 1978. Followed by sequels
Farewell, My Lovely (1940),
The High Window (1942),
The Lady in the Lake (1943),
The Little Sister (1949),
The Long Goodbye (1954),
Playback (1958), and
Poodle Springs (1990), the last of these being an unfinished novel completed by Robert B. Parker.
Parker went on to write his own Marlowe novel, Perchance to Dream (1991), a direct sequel to
The Big Sleep.
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