Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler and John D. MacDonald

From: Marc Seals (
Date: 17 Dec 2004

I think that's a logical assumption and very possibly accurate, but I have no information to prove it. He wrote the letter to Guinness in February 1959. (It is, in fact, his last published letter.) In an October 1958 letter to Helga Greene, he made reference to his plans to write "The Pencil." Make whatever conclusions you wish from that. When he actually wrote "the Pencil," I am not sure.

  ----- Original Message -----
  Is there anything indicating that Chandler, as I
  thought, wrote "The Pencil" (posthumously published in
  the London DAILY MAIL as "Marlowe Takes on the
  Syndicate") after putting POODLE SPRINGS aside? And
  if so, and if, as he wrote to Guinness, he thought
  Linda "the wrong girl," did he, in your opinion,
  resurrect Ann because he thought her to be the
  "right," or at least a more right, girl?

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