Recently, The Paris Review’s tumblr did a small piece on the 125th anniversary of Raymond Chandler‘s birth. The piece featured a photo of the original cover of his novel The Big Sleep, the book that first brought us Philip Marlowe, private eye.
The caption on the cover, below, is too good to be true. “A luscious mantrap leads Philip Marlowe to a West Coast murder wave!”
On my next visit to a book store I of course had to get a copy. Sadly, The Big Sleep was sold out, so I got The Lady in the Lake instead, which was great. Above is a quote from this last mystery novel. Luscious man and women traps seem to be a recurring theme in his work; all the more reason to keep reading.
Read Spain 2013
- Writers Interview with Chandler & Fleming BBC (thesecretkeeper.net)
- Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Chandler, and the Big Sleep (bookinsomnia.wordpress.com)
- Raymond Chandler – Style Icon (waldina.com)
- The Big Sleep – 1946 (bogiefilmblog.wordpress.com)
- The Poet of Los Angeles (doppelgangertheatre.com)
- Raymond Chandler: Master crime writer (telegraph.co.uk)
- The Novels Behind Film Noir (indiebooksreviewed.com)
- Celebrate Raymond Chandler’s 125th Birthday With His Best Film Adaptations (flavorwire.com)
- The Big Sleep, novel by Raymond Chandler (silverbirchpress.wordpress.com)
- Raymond Chandler says (muscleheaded.wordpress.com)