Edited by Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane
Biographers Tom Hiner and Frank MacShane bring together a new selection of Raymond Chandler's correspondence--much of it never before made public--that reveals all aspects of his powerful personality, artistic sensibility, and broad intellectual curiosity. These include such gems as a blistering critique of James M. Cain's "faux-naif" hardboiled style, an analysis of the pleasures of California life and the failures of its public school system for S. J. Perelman, and a letter to Alfred Hitchcock excoriating him for mishandling the script for Stranger on a Train
Featuring a selection of Chandler's previously unpublished early writings--including a gripping description of his combat experience in World War I and such later nonfiction as an abandoned interview with the notorious gangster "Lucky" Luciano and a satirical take on the 1946 Acadamey Awards ceremony--The Raymond Chandler Papers is a musy have for all fans and an important contribution toward understanding the life and work of the enigmatic man Evelyn Waugh called "the greatest American writer."
Raymond Chandler on ...
Graham Greene: "Am reading The Heart of the Matter, a chapter at a time. It has everything in it that makes literature -- except verve, wit, gusto, music, and magic... There is more life in the worst chapter Dickens or Thackeray ever wrote, and they wrote some pretty awful chapters."
Screenwriting: "In Hollywood they destroy the link between a writer and his subconscious. After that what he does is merely a performance."
Psychiatry: "I regard psychiatry as fifty percent bunk, thirty percent fraud, ten percent parrot talk, and the remaining ten percent just a fancy ling for the common sense we have had for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, if we ever had the guts to read it."
Courage: "If you have talent, you can get by after a fashion without guts; and if you have enough guts, you can also get by after a fashion without talent."
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