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Raymond Chandler
(1888-1959) born on
Jul 23
US short-story writer, novelist. He was considered master of "hard-boiled" crime stories, e.g., "The Big Sleep," 1939 and "Playback," 1958.
         
   
F
The reading public is intellectually adolescent at best, and it is obvious that what is called "significant literature" will only be sold . . . by exactly the same methods as are used to sell it toothpaste, cathartics and automobiles.

R
The more you reason the less you create.
A
If you believe in an ideal, you don't own you, it owns you.
N
A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
K
If my books had been any worse I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better I should not have come.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Raymond Chandler Speaking," 1962.
R: "Raymond Chandler Speaking," 1962.
A: In 'The Life of Raymond Chandler' by F. MacShane.
N: "Raymond Chandler Speaking," 1962.
K: Letter, 12 Dec 1945, to "Atlantic Monthly" editor, Charles W. Morton, in response to criticism of his article, Writers in Hollywood.
   


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