Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Question about Raymond Chandler: Two Ladies in the Lake?

Date: 16 Aug 2007

Thanks for the answers to my question! I'm looking forward to reading these early stories and seeing how they compare to the later novels.

Best, Harry

Quoting JIM DOHERTY <>:

> Mark,
> Re your question below:
> "This reminds me. I've long wondered why Chandler's
> first story, Blackmailers Never Shoot, wasn't included
> in Simple Art of Murder. Do you happen to know why?"
> "Blackmailers Don't Shoot," Chandler's first story,
> and the first of two to feature a Chicago PI
> transplanted to LA named Mallory, wasn't included in
> TSAM because, quite simply, Chandler didn't think much
> of it. In a letter to a friend years later, he
> described it as "pure pastiche," by which he meant it
> was derivative with little of his own voice.
> He didn't think too much higher of the sequel,
> "Smart-Aleck Kill," either. But he thought it enough
> of an improvement that he did include it in the
> collection, though with the character's name changed
> from Mallory to John Dalmas (causing untold confusion
> to later scholars). Besides, even if it wasn't THAT
> much of an improvement, the beginning was an
> illustration of a point he made about pulp fiction in
> the collection's intoduction, "When in doubt, have a
> man with a gun come through the front door."
> In that same letter, he said that "Finger Man," his
> third story, and the first to feature the character
> who would eventually come to be named "Philip
> Marlowe," was the first in which he began to find his
> own unique style.
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