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On Crime Fiction

31 August 2014

On Crime Fiction:

What greater prestige can a man like me have than to have taken a cheap, shoddy, and utterly lost kind of writing, and have made it something that intellectuals claw each other about?

Raymond Chandler and thanks to Bill for the tip.

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3 Comments to “On Crime Fiction”

  1. Cheap, shoddy, and utterly lost???? I take exception to that!

    (Perhaps that’s why I never liked Chandler’s books.)

  2. Cheap, shoddy, and utterly lost???? I take exception to that!

    (Perhaps that’s why I never liked Chandler’s books.)

  3. Chandler has been cited by academics as being somewhat responsible for propagating his own myth although who am I to judge? As a fan of Dashiell Hammett though I do like this quote:

    “Take your Chandler friend by the hand, put a piece of tape over his mouth, and tell him to just shut up and hear how it ought to be done. Hammett’s style does not date, as does Chandler’s, and The Glass Key puts to shame every other hard-boiled writer.”
    – Dilys Winn in Murder Ink

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