RARA-AVIS: Re: E. Howard Hunt & Raymond Chandler

From: Mark Coggins ( coggins@immortalgame.com)
Date: 28 Jan 2007

For a little more background, I got the letter to Hunt from "Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler" edited by Frank MacShane (which is larger than the collection that Tom Hiney co-edited). It's on page 332.

Although we don't have Hunt's side of the correspondence, MacShane discusses it in his biography of Chandler on page 168 in the context of a passage on the publication of TSAM short story collection:

"When some of the stories from The Simple Art of Murder were reissued in paperback in 1952, Chandler received a complaining letter from E. Howard Hunt of the American Embassy in Mexico ... accusing Chandler of self-plagiarism."

MacShane then goes on to give a summary of Chanlder's response.

Jim, you're right, the stories in TSAM weren't really cannibalized, so I guess it's like Mark says, Hunt must have seen the Chandler story in the anthology done by Shaw and then was emboldened to write about it when TSAM came out.

In the first paragraph of Chandler's response he says, "First, as to The Hard-Boiled Omnibus, you were perfectly right." That's Shaw's anthology and I assume Hunt referenced it in his letter. This web page gives the table of contents:


and you'll see it includes "The Man Who Liked Dogs" which I believe was cannibalized in Farewell, My Lovely.



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