Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Introduction

Date: 13 Oct 2004

> I think the joy in trashing them stems from Chandler's
> essay "The Simple Art of Murder," which was as much
> a debunking of traditional mysteries as it was a spirited
> defense of the literary worth of hard-boiled mysteries.

Remember that Chandler's essay was a direct response to Sayers' introduction to her first OMNIBUS OF CRIME, in which Sayers said that detective fiction "does not, and by hypothesis never can, attain the loftiest level of literary achievement." (He was also responding to Auden's esay "The Guilty Vicarage," which said much the same thing.) Chandler disagreed with Sayers and Auden, obviously.

Chandler's attacks on the sort of fiction that Sayers wrote was thus not unprovoked, perhaps... but I am biased, I admit.


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