RARA-AVIS: Re: Raymond Chandler in The Beaver magazine

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 25 Apr 2002

I found the following in DorothyL tonight, as I wandered . . .

Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 20:39:14 -0600 From: "P.L. beuerlein" < plbeuer@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca> Subject: Raymond Chandler in The Beaver magazine

I'll bet that subject line raised a few eyebrows.

The Beaver is a Canadian history magazine. The name comes from it's origin as an in-house magazine for the Hudson Bay Co. when it was still in the fur trade< Later it added company and fur trade history, finally becoming an independent magazine of Canadian history.

So how did Raymond Chandler get into The Beaver?

The latest issue has a story on Americans joining the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War, before the U.S. entered the war. It includes an interesting sidebar on Raymond Chandler's service in the CEF, with speculation on how the war coloured his later writing.

If you go to http://www.archives.ca/02/02010602_e.html and search Raymond Chandler, you can see his attestation papers.

Maybe The Beaver's editor is a mystery fan. Not long ago they carried a big article on Leslie McFarlane, the Canadian writer who ghosted a number of early Hardy Boys books, beginning in 1927 with The Tower Treasure.

Pat email: plbeuer@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca

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