Stories and Early Novels includes every story that Chandler did not later incorporate into a novel - thirteen in all. Drawn from the pages of Black Mask and Dime Detective, these stories show how Chandler adapted the violent conventions of the pulp magazines - with their brisk exposition and rapid-fire dialogue - to his own emerging vision of 20th-century America. Raymond Chandler: Stories and Early Novels contains a newly researched chronology of Chandler's life, explanatory notes, and an essay on the texts.
About the Author
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) was one of the pioneers of hard-bolied detective fiction, a form he perfected in his celebrated Philip Marlowe novels, including The Big Sleep, The Lady in the Lake, and The Long Goodbye. Frank MacShane (1927-1999) was author of The Life of Raymond Chandler and Raymond Chandler: A Bibliography and editor of The Letters of Raymond Chandler and The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler.