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Chandler Raymond Thornton
(18881959)

Chandler Raymond Thornton (18881959)

American author, b. Chicago, educated in England. After World War I, he entered the oil business in California. Bankrupt during the Depression, he published his first of many detective stories in The Black Mask magazine (1933). His novels include The Big Sleep (1939), Farewell My Lovely (1940), The High Window (1942), and Playback (1958). Well plotted and brutally realistic, Chandlers novels depict the seedy lowlife of Los Angeles. They all feature Philip Marlowe, a hard-boiled yet honorable private detective with a brash sense of humor who became the prototype for the tough guy private eye of many subsequent American detective novels. Chandler also wrote screenplays and essays.


Dominica, 1996, Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe

Guernsey, 1996, Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe

Nicaragua, 1972, Philip Marlowe

San-Marino, 2009, Hat resting on the phone

USA, 1997, Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep

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