RARA-AVIS: Name Changes in *TSAM*

30 Jan 99 09:21:00 -0500 --UNS_gsauns2_3046268373
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As has already been noted, the characters of Carmody (in "Finger Man"
and "Goldfish") and Dalmas (in "Red Wind" and "Trouble Is My
Business") were changed to "Marlowe" when Chandler decided to preserve
the stories between hard covers in *The Simple Art of Murder*. This
made commercial sense, since Marlowe was the character he was best
known for, and, in this way, Houghton Miflin could promote the book as
a collection of Marlowe stories (which, judging from the dust jacket
description of the book in its earlier editions, is exactly what they

He preserved the pulp series names of his character by changing
Mallory's name in "Smart-Aleck Kill" to Johnny Dalmas, and Ted
Malvern's name in "Guns at Cyrano's" to Ted Carmody. This latter name
change has misled people into thinking that the single-named Carmody
in the *Black Mask* stories was named Ted Carmody. In addition to
being a sentimental nod to Marlowe's pulp incarnations, I suspect
Chandler decided to change Mallory's and Malvern's names because they
were too similar to "Marlowe" (Chandler seemed to have a thing for
those M-A-L names).

Finally, for reasons that completely baffle me, he changed the name of
Joseph Choate, the murder victim in "Red Wind," to Joseph Coates.
Maybe he thought it would sound like a tougher, harder name if it
began with a hard consonant. - Jim Doherty

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