Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Big Sleep- Chandler's answer

Etienne Borgers (
Mon, 22 Mar 1999 22:25:55 -0800 (PST) I support Kevin's point of view!

I didn't expect this thread would go so far as to
enter pure speculation, so I react late.
By coincidence, I was re-reading Chandler's letters
in the MacShane compilation during the last few
weeks, and by chance I came accross the letter(before
the thread appeared) wherein Chandler recalls his
British publisher, Hamish Hamilton, about the
question of the film maker for The Big Sleep.
Chandler comment is so firm about having himself
absolutely no idea about the fate of the chauffeur,
that I do not think it is necessary to look for
secondary explanations.
The way this character disappears is not essential to
the main plot... so, indeed, no other clue is

The letter is dated : March 21st, 1949
"They sent me a wire (there's a joke about this
too)asking me, and dammit I didn't know either. Of
course I got hooted at. "

The joke was about Jack Warner, head of the studios,
that complained about the waste of 75 cents, price of
the telegram to Chandler.

Case close?

Hard-Boiled Mysteries

---Kevin Smith <> wrote:
> (snipped)
> I seem to remember reading that he sweated over
his first short
> story for two years...His pace improved, but he was
never a prolific
> writer, and he tended to recycle a lot of his short
story stuff for his
> novels, although of course he revised it as well...
> Maybe he just didn't care who killed the
> preoccupation was with style, anyway...
> Kevin Smith


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