Raymond Chandler Mystery & Detective Fiction Analysis
Raymond Chandler began his writing career in London in 1908 as a poet. He would have remained anonymous, however, had he not begun publishing hard-boiled detective stories in Black Mask magazine in 1933. He worked slowly, producing twenty-one stories in five years, learning the craft under the tutelage of Black Mask editor “Cap” Shaw and attempting to match and even exceed his inspiration, Dashiell Hammett. With the publication of The Big Sleep, his first novel, Chandler not only reached his mature style but also created his most enduring protagonist, Philip Marlowe. In addition, one finds in that novel many of the themes and concerns that became representative of Chandler himself.
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