RARA-AVIS: Chandler's realism

From: MatCoward@aol.com
Date: 18 Dec 2000

<< And Marianne's comment on the accepted myth of private eyes solving murders
 left and right reminds me that Chandler who made the most quoted of the
 realism claims was himself a failed businessman who had little or no
 association with crime in the streets. >>

This accusation is frequently made against RC, but in fact he himself frequently, passionately and explicitly condemned the whole *idea* of realism, which he considered both impossible and undesirable. What he was in favour of, was *emotional* realism. He didnt give a toss whether or not real-life PIs solved murders (obviously, no sane person would care about such as trivial matter).
- Mat
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