‘A Hard Cheerfulness’: An Introduction to Raymond Chandler

  • Stephen Knight
Part of the Insights book series (ISI)


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. 1.
    Frank MacShane, The Life of Raymond Chandler (London: Cape, 1976).Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    See Edmund Wilson, ‘Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?’, repr. in Classics and Commercials (London: Allen and Unwin, 1951).Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    Frederic Jameson, ‘On Raymond Chandler’, Southern Review, 6 (1970) 624–50.Google Scholar
  4. 6.
    See the essays by Dilys Powell, Natasha Spender and Michael Gilbert in The World of Raymond Chandler, ed. M. Gross (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977).Google Scholar
  5. 10.
    See Bernard Sharratt, ‘Question 6: Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep’, in Reading Relations: Structures of Literary Production (Brighton: Harvester, 1982).Google Scholar

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