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If you're looking for the perfect gift for yourself or some other lover of mysteries, this beautifully-made volume from the Library of America series will definitely prove that you care enough to send the very best. And if you haven't picked up The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, or The High Window recently, you'll be amazed at how well they stand up to the test of time. (A second handsome volume, Later Novels & Other Writings -- including The Long Goodbye -- is also available.)
These additions to the venerable series make official what mystery fans have always known: Raymond Chandler is one of the gods of American literature. Following the trail blazed by Dashiell Hammett, Chandler created Philip Marlowe and set the standard against which all private detective fiction is measured. This two-volume set covers the full canon of Chandler's work from early pulp stories to all the Marlowe novels, the screenplay for Double Indemnity, and essays on the mystery genre plus the usual Library of America goodies such as notes on the text and a chronology of the author's life. In terms of literary inventions, the Wild West cowboy and the hard-boiled P.I. are this country's only true native sons and are deserving of respect. One of them at least now has it.
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Chandler is perhaps the greatest writer of detective fiction and a great author period. To ignore these books is to ignore much of what is great about American literature. Read morePublished on July 19 2002
Earlier anthologies of Raymond Chandler's works mostly center upon what have come to be known as his 'big four' or earliest novels -- The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely, The High... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2001 by Paul Dana
Chandler was a brilliant author and Marlowe is a timeless character. It was for these reasons that I bought this collection. However, it is incomplete and misleading. Read morePublished on March 29 2001 by Kristopher Haines
This two volume set on the entire canon of Raymond Chandlers work is beautifully put together and very enjoyable to read. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 1998
The addition of this title and its companion volume, "Later Novels & Other Writings," to the venerable Library of America series makes official what mystery fans have... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 1997
For you hard-boiled detective fans who are also intogeneology, you might like to trace Philip Marlowe's familytree. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 1996