The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Non-fiction, 1909-1959 - Tom Hiney & Frank MacShaneLondon: Hamish Hamilton, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
2nd impression, first edition 2000.
From the cover: “I don’t know why the hell I write so many fetters, Raymond Chandler once wrote, in a letter. I guess my mind is just too active for its own good.
It was also, as Tom Hiney points out in this wonderful new selection from Chandler’s correspondence, a result of his peripatetic existence, his intense reclusivity, and his insomniac efforts to keep the night at bay.
Writing and dictating long into the early hours, Chandler crafted his letters with a natural ease and an acute eye for people and places around him. His observations on Hollywood and southern Californian life are perhaps unsurpassed by anyone, and his comments on the craft of writing and on fiction generally offer a fascinating insight into his own unique and innovative style.
This indispensable anthology also features the best of Chandler’s journalism and poetry, some of it never published before, including a lost interview, held in a Naples hotel in 1958, with the American gangster Lucky Luciano, and Chandler’s classic and blistering account of attending the 1946 Oscar ceremonies.”