Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler- Library of America

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 19 Jul 2000

No offense, but I think this is just plain silly. FAREWELL, MY LOVELY is a good book period -- whether it's the first edition, or a battered paperback, or the LOA edition, or written on grocery bags with crayon. To focus on anything else is really to focus on ornamental stuff, nothing important.

Once I scrape together the cash I'm getting the LOA editions myself. They're durable, sturdy volumes that bear up under use. I'm particularly interested in the first of the Polito-edited volumes: if I remember right that one has THIEVES LIKE US, a book I've been long searching for.

--- wrote:
> Am I the only one who doesn't think its as much fun
> to read Chandler and
> Hammett in the very august packaging of the LOA?
> Same is true for the works
> included in the Polito-edited noir volumes. Much as
> I appreciate their
> inclusion in the LOA as validation of these works as
> literature worthy of the
> best the U.S. has to offer, I think there's an
> aesthetic disconnect in
> reading these works in that format.
> Just my $0.02.

===== Doug Bassett

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