Raymond Chandler Speaking

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Raymond Chandler speaking
Author Raymond Chandler; edited by Dorothy Gardiner and Kathrine Sorley Walker
Country United States
Language English
Genre Literary criticism
Publisher University of California Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover, 1962, and paperback, 1997)
Pages 275 (pb)
ISBN ISBN 0-520-20835-8 (pb)
OCLC 35192346
813/.52 B 20
LC Class PS3505.H3224 Z47 1997

Raymond Chandler Speaking is a collection of letter excerpts, various notes, essays and an unfinished novel. It was compiled in 1962 by Dorothy Gardiner and Kathrine Sorley Walker.[1]


Apart from excerpts from letters by Chandler on a variety of subjects, including literature, film, fellow writers and cats, the collection contains the following larger pieces (previously unpublished except as noted):

  • "Casual Notes on the Mystery Novel"
  • "Notes on English and American Style"
  • "Writers in Hollywood" (previously published in the Atlantic Monthly)
  • "Ten Per Cent of Your Life" (Atlantic Monthly)
  • "A Couple of Writers"
  • "The Poodle Springs Story", a Philip Marlowe novel Chandler left unfinished at his death in 1959. It was completed in 1989 by Robert B. Parker as Poodle Springs.[2]


  1. ^ Raymond Chandler Speaking, ed. by Dorothy Gardiner and Kathrine Sorley Walker. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1962, 1997² (ISBN 0-520-20835-8).
  2. ^ Blades, John (March 1, 1991). "Marlowe's mean streets; Tracking the man who filled Raymond Chandler's shoes". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved March 4, 2010.