Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959) was an American author. His works include The Big Sleep (1939), Farewell, My Lovely (1940), and The Long Goodbye (1954).
Life and Works
Chandler was born July 23, 1888. He lived in England with his mother, served in the Canadian army and flying corps during the first World War, returned to California in 1919, and worked as a petroleum executive before the Depression forced him to turn to writing. In 1939, The Big Sleep became his first major novel about a detective called Philip Marlowe, though he had written some other detective stories. He also worked as a screenwriter before dying on March 26, 1959.
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