Re: RARA-AVIS: Oates reviews Chandler

Matthew Stevens (
Fri, 16 Jan 1998 02:27:23 -0500 >Surely a statement to the effect that _Farewell, My
>Lovely_ is "a very bad book" until chap. 8_deserves a bit more support?

I agree; I felt the same way when I first read Oates's review. After all,
even Edmund Wilson -- not much of a mystery fan -- had kind words for
_Farewell, My Lovely_. The book deserved more than a one-sentence put-down
job. James Wolcott's assessment of Chandler in _The New Yorker_ was far
more balanced.

# To unsubscribe, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
# The web pages for the list are at