Later Novels & Other Writings
Later Novels and Other Writings begins with The Lady in the Lake (1943). Written during the war, the story takes Marlowe out of the seamy L.A. streets to the deceptive tranquility of the surrounding mountains, as the search for a businessman's missing wife expands into an elegy of loneliness and loss. The darker tone typical of Chandler's later fiction is evident in The Little Sister (1949), in which an ambitious starlet, a blackmailer, and a seemingly naive young woman from Manhattan, Kansas, are the key players in a plot that provides fuel for a bitter indictment of Hollywood and Chandler's most savage portrayal of his adopted city. The Long Goodbye (1953), his most ambitious and self-revealing novel, uncovers a more anguished resonance in the Marlowe character, in a plot that hinges on the betrayal of friendship and the compromises of middle age. Playback (1958), written originally as a screenplay, is Chandler's seventh and last novel.
A special feature of this volume is Chandler's long-unavailable screenplay for the film noir classic Double Indemnity (1944), adapted from James M. Cain's novel. Supplementing the volume, and providing a more personal glimpse of Chandler's personality, are a selection of essays - including "The Simple Art of Murder," in which Chandler muses on his pulp roots and on the special qualities of his hero and style - and eleven letters that range wittily and often sardonically over the worlds of writing, publishing, and filmmaking.
80 pages matching light in this book
Results 1-3 of 80
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Simple Art of Murder
Writers in Hollywood
Notes on English and American Style
2 other sections not shown
ain't Almore asked Bay City Beifus Bill Chess bottle chair cigarette corner damn dark dead Degarmo desk dictaphone Dietrichson door drink drunk eyes face floor front gave girl glass grinned guess hair Hambleton hand happened hard head heard hell Howard Spencer Jim Patton Keyes killed kind Kingsley knew Larry Mitchell Lavery leaned Lennox light lola looked Marlowe meat loaf Miss mouth moved murder neff never nice night nodded Ohls Okay Patton Paul Marston Philip Marlowe phyllis picked pocket police pretty private eye pulled Randy Starr redcap shook shot slowly smiled sound stared Steelgrave stood stopped sure talk telephone tell There's thing thought told took tough turned Verringer voice Wade waiting walked watched What's window Yeah