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A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Chicago Review Pr
Publication date September 1, 2013
Pages 368
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781613748404
ISBN-10 161374840X
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.46 lbs.
Original list price $29.95
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The life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half-truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye. Now, drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters, and archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Tom Williams casts a new light on this most mysterious of writers.

The Raymond Chandler revealed is a man troubled by loneliness and desertion from an early age. Born in Chicago in 1888, his childhood was overshadowed by the collapse of his parents’ marriage, his father’s alcohol-fuelled violence eventually forcing the boy and his doting mother to leave for Ireland and later London. But class-bound England proved stifling, and Chandler, in his twenties and eager to forge a new life, returned to the United States where—in corruption-ridden Los Angeles—he met his one great love, Cissy Pascal, a married woman eighteen years his senior.

It was only during middle age, after his alcoholism wrecked a lucrative career as an oilman, that Chandler seriously turned to crime fiction. And his legacy—the lonely, ambiguous world of Philip Marlowe—endures, compelling generations of crime writers to follow him.

In this long-awaited new biography, Tom Williams shadows one of the true literary giants of the twentieth century and considers how crime writing was raised to the level of art.



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from Chicago Review Pr (September 1, 2013)
9781613748404 | details & prices | 368 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.46 lbs | List price $29.95
About: The life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half-truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye.
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from Chicago Review Pr (September 1, 2016)
9781613736784 | details & prices | 384 pages | List price $17.99
About: The life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half-truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye.

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