Raymond Chandler

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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).[1]

Life and Works

Chandler was born July 23, 1888.[2] 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.[3] In 1939, The Big Sleep became his first major novel about a detective called Philip Marlowe, though he had written some other detective stories.[4] He also worked as a screenwriter before dying on March 26, 1959.[5]

See also


  1. The New York Public Library Student's Desk Reference. Prentice Hall: New York, 1993.
  2. http://www.biography.com/people/raymond-chandler-9244073
  3. "Chandler, Raymond." Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
  4. http://www.famousauthors.org/raymond-chandler
  5. http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/raymond-thornton-chandler-2629.php