Re: RARA-AVIS: RE:Chandler dissing Hammett?

From: Marc Seals (
Date: 21 Jan 2006

----- Original Message ----- From: Dick Lochte

> As I recall he mentions Chandler in a letter.
> A positive but impersonal comment.

Yes, Hammett writes that he liked Chandler's essay "The Simple Art of Murder" and is clearly flattered by Chandler's comments regarding Hammett. I believe that this is the only mention of Chandler in DASHIELL HAMMETT: SELECTED LETTERS.

I always thought that it was rather clear that Roger Wade was a scathing self-portrait. This is evident in chapter 28, where Wade writes: "The moon's four days off the full and there's a square patch of moonlight on the wall and it's looking at me like a big blind milky eye, a wall eye. Joke. Goddam silly simile. Writers. Everything has to be like something else. My head is as fluffy as whipped cream but not as sweet. More similes. I could vomit just thinking about the lousy racket." If that's not Chandler mocking Chandler....


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