Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Browne and Chandler

Date: 12 Feb 2002

Re Dick and Rene's comments below:

> >From: "Rene Ribic" <>
> >I was find it interesting to see who thought what
> about whom with the
> >old writer guys like Browne & Spillane. It appears
> that Spillane was a
> >fan of Browne's. That other seminal PI writer,
> Chandler had nowhere
> near
> >as high an opinion of him.
> I know that Chandler looked down on all the writers
> who were obviously
> influenced by him. He was particularly critical of
> Ross Macdonald,
> probably because he seemed to offer the biggest
> challenge. But my fading
> memory tells me that in one of his letters Chandler
> singled out Browne
> and Roy Huggins for doing the best jobs of imitating
> his style. I also
> seem to recall that he and Browne were La Jolla
> neighbors, drank
> together and were as friendly as Chandler was to any
> competitor. Was
> there a letter critical of Browne that I missed?

According to Browne (and he may have had several versions of this story as well), he got along with Chandler because the first time he met him he said something along the lines of, "I've been making great money imitating you for years."

Chandler supposedly was happy to hear someone actually admit the debt.


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