RARA-AVIS: Chandler course

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 02 Mar 2004

Jim Doherty wrote: Be advised, if you're reading these four stories from the assigned text, the first volume in the Library of America's Chandler omnibus (STORIES & EARLY NOVELS), you'll be reading the pulp versions of those stories, rather than the revised SIMPLE ART OF MURDER versions.

*********** Thanks for the heads up on the first reading assignment. The class is only three or four weeks long, I think, and there are a number of stories to read plus his first two novels plus you mentioned several fair-sized essays that you've written. Even though I've read both novels and "Goldfish", I figure it will be hard for me to keep up with the required reading.

Your comment on the variation in the stories is enlightening. I didn't know they were different. I've got both the Library of America volume and the book that contains the Chandler essay and some stories. I'll read the Library of America volume since it was the designated text for the class, plus I'd rather read unrevised versions anyway.

I've got a book of essays on Chandler that notes how Chandler's style progressed as he withdrew from the pulps and started writing novels. Since, like many pulp masters, he tweaked his earlier stories into later novels, the examples of his shift in style were very specific.


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