A Beginner’s Guide to Raymond Chandler

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

Raymond Chandler, one of the fathers of hard-boiled detective fiction, would have celebrated his 125th birthday this past week.  He’s known for classics such as The Long Goodbye and Farewell, My Lovely. HIs protagonist, Philip Marlowe, was brought to life on the movie screen by the great Humphrey Bogart in films like  The Big Sleep (which was adapted for the screen by William Faulkner). This is the perfect opportunity to get to know the man who had such a lasting impact on the worlds of pulp fiction and film noir.

Clip from a 1958 interview with Ian Fleming 



Hear the rest of the interview here: Part 2 , Part 3, and Part 4


The Mystery of Raymond Chandler 



Judith Freeman discusses her book, The Long Embrace, about the life of Raymond Chandler and his wife Cissy. 


“In Love With Raymond Chandler” by Margaret Atwood (Read by Tom O’Bedlam) 



Yeah, this poem is kinda hot.


California Legacy SL#1: Bunker Hill by Raymond Chandler 



This is one of the more interesting uses for Second Life that I’ve ever seen.


The Big Sleep – Trailer (1946)



Bogart and Bacall, reunited. And it feels so good.


“You do sell books?” – The Big Sleep (1946)



Gratuitous bookstore humor. ‘Cause we like bookstores.


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