‘A Hard Cheerfulness’: An Introduction to Raymond Chandler
I lay on my back on a bed in a waterfront hotel and waited for it to get dark. It was a small front room with a hard bed and a mattress slightly thicker than the cotton blanket that covered it. A spring underneath me was broken and stuck into the left side of my back. I lay there and let it prod me….
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- 1.Frank MacShane, The Life of Raymond Chandler (London: Cape, 1976).Google Scholar
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- 4.Frederic Jameson, ‘On Raymond Chandler’, Southern Review, 6 (1970) 624–50.Google Scholar
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