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  • Hardcover: 1336 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (Oct. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375415009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375415005
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.7 x 5.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Oerman on Nov. 30 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was dubious. Not of the quality of Chandler's writings, but of the veracity of this book's claim to collect ALL of his short fiction. But it does. From Blackmailers Don't Shoot to The Pencil, with everything in between, this has them all. This also includes three that are available nowhere else: Professor Bingo's Snuff, The Bronze Door and English Summer. These last three really do not really qualify as pulpy mysteries (or even as typical Chandler, although his imprint in them is still distinct), but I had been seeking them for a while and bought the book for them alone anyway. And because, well, Chandler could write a grocery list and I'd buy it to read. He's that good.
For those who already know Chandler, that will not come as any surprise. He took up the torch which Hammett lit, toward making detective fiction respectable literature. And no one outside of Hemingway has been more influential or distinctive, in any style, anywhere, ever. And no one has ever been more entertaining. Chandler wrote in an extremely visceral, visual, atmospheric way, and made the language sit up, salute and perform pirouettes. His cynical California Gothic prose defined postwar America and combined intelligentsia with slang and squalor with romanticism into a new form that has not been exceeded. I could ramble on indefinitely, but I hope this paragraph has been some small yet clear indication of the fact that I happen to like Raymond Chandler's writing.
The three previously unpublished stories were treats, to see Chandler working in ways I was unaccustomed to. One was even subtitled 'A Gothic Romance'; that made me a little nervous, but is only a romance in the sense that The Big Sleep is a romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher Haines on Nov. 15 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the one to buy, it has virtually everything. It almost makes me mad that it is finally here because of all I had to go through to find the missing pieces not offered in the scandalously misleading Library of America collection. "Raymond Chandler Speaking" has the one missing story and it is easily obtainable, although otherwise useless. Buy the entire set from the new Everyman's Library, it is comparable in price to the LOA set and this set delivers what it promises.
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Strictly speaking, there is one short story of Raymond Chandler's that this volume does not include: A Couple of Writers.
But it is not a *crime* story, may have had a few autobiographical elements, and went unpublished for a long time. So this book's claim could, I suppose, still be seen as valid.
If you're curious about this last story (it is a straight dramatic piece about a novelist and a playwrite, and their marriage on the rocks), you may find it in the otherwise thoroughly unnecessary book entitled Raymond Chandler Speaking.
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By bill runyon on Aug. 27 2003
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this collection of the Raymond Chandler pulp stories is
one of the most classic and historic possible in this whole
division of literature. And we can call it "literature" because
of Chandler.
Although Hammett made an early contribution, he so quickly
burned out, devoured by alcoholism and his unfathomable romance
with Communism, that his effective writings ended rather quickly.
But Chandler worked his magic over many years, and although
his output was slim in volume, he continued to glow over a long
period of time.
And his start was here in these pulp contributions. His very
first writings seem a little stilted now, but they are still
Chandler, and we can see the beginnings of his great prose.
Shortly into his short-story writing, his style becomes pure
Chandler, and it is recognizable by any mystery reader.
Chandler always easily admitted that his great novels were
put together from some of these early stories, and, as such,
they shouldn't be missed by any mystery reader.
His use of metaphore is not to be missed, and the reader will
encounter those throughout his work; the use of language in
these stories is like the use of musical notes by a master
classical violinist--until you encounter them, you wouldn't have
believed such combinations possible. Most readers will find
pleasure in going back and re-reading favorite phrases; they
will have to be savored.
This collection is complete, and it's one that will give pleasure for a long time. Grab it now.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. E GILCHRIST on Jan. 17 2004
Format: Hardcover
As my title states this is a nust buy. Enjoy it slowly, one story ay a time. You will not be sorry. Consider purchasing the two collections of his novels also from Everyman's Library.
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