Re: RARA-AVIS: marlowe's character

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 06 Apr 2002

> > >rene said:
> > > Actually, Marlowe never made it into my list. Much as I love the
> > > Chandler books I don't rate Marlowe that highly as a character.
> >
> > hmm... homophobia, perhaps? ;-)
> >
> > miker

> Huh?
> Rene
**************************************************** hi rene,

i was surfing the web looking for chandler sites and i came on this one that had literary analysis and criticism and this lady had written an essay and quoted a bunch of stuff from _farewell my lovely_ which essentially pegged marlowe as a closet homosexual.

i believe i have seen threads here discussing this type of thing. if it wasn't about marlowe, then maybe parker's spenser or someone else. its not really an unusual literary accusation... man hiding his sexual pref- erences by being overly masculine and possibly even expressing anti- gay sentiments. its not always aimed at an author's characters, but the author himself. somebody wrote a hemingway biography using the theme.

although i doubt that anybody here is fooled by that sorta ploy, i'll see if i can find the link to the article.


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