Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler's Influence

Date: 11 Dec 2002

In a message dated 12/11/02 7:30:46 AM, writes:

<< And attributing "the American setting" to Chandler, particularly by American writers, is absolutely ridiculous. >>

What Chandler brought to the table was an evocation of place (in his case, Los Angeles) as a character in the story. I'm not literate enough to say whether he invented this or not, but it certainly is as much an element in his storytelling as his oft-imitated use of metaphor.

John Lau

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