New York : Alfred A. Knopf
We offered this copy of the first edition, inscribed by Chandler to fellow mystery author Dorothy Gardiner, in our second Classic Book Cards set.
born as: Raymond Thornton Chandler
American author of detective fiction, creator of the private eye Philip Marlowe. Set in the Los Angeles area, Chandler's novels and short stories are esteemed (especially by European critics) as outstanding examples of regional writing. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Collecting tips:Chandler's first four novels in fine jackets The Big Sleep (1939), Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The High Window (1942), and The Lady in the Lake (1943), are the book collecting equivalent of big game. However, while in the past, I would have said that a collector's patience might be rewarded, as nice copies would occasionally surface (even though they would command a premium), increasingly (or I guess decreasingly) we have either not been seeing jacketed copies at all, or have seen them in compromised condition. This has had the effect of elevating copies of his later works, which can occasionally be found, such The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, and Killer in the Rain into hot commodities, and I suspect this trend will continue.
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