Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is chastity? Is Philip Marlowe chaste?

Does Raymond Chandler oversimplify his female characters? In general do they strike you as resembling women in the real world?

How extensive is Chandler’s influence on contemporary detective fiction?

Is the character of Philip Marlowe “hard-boiled” primarily by nature or as a consequence of his experiences as a detective?

Compare one of Chandler’s novels with the film based on it. How faithful to the original story is the motion picture?

How successful was Chandler’s aim to achieve the level of serious literature in his novels?