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Raymond Chandler, a portrait
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959) was a novelist and screenwriter who had an immense stylistic influence upon the modern private detective story, and was best known for his tough but honest private detective, Philip Marlowe. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Chandler moved to the United Kingdom with his mother after his parents divorced in 1900. In 1907, Chandler was naturalized as a British subject and passed a Civil Service Exam, taking a job in the Admiralty. Between 1909-1912, he left the Admiralty and worked briefly as a reporter for the Daily Express, Westminster Gazette, and The Academ. In 1912, Chandler borrowed money from his uncle, and he returned to the U.S., settling in Los Angeles with his mother in 1913 and working odd jobs. Chandler enrolled in a bookkeeping course, eventually finding steady employment at the Los Angeles Creamery. In 1922, Chandler took a bookkeeping job with Dabney Oil Syndicate and soon rose to the position of vice-president. On January 1924 his mother, Florence Chandler died, and a month after her death, Chandler married Cissy Pascal - a woman 17 years his senior. When they wed, Cissy was 53 and Raymond was 36. Chandler's highly paid position at Dabney Oil Syndicate came to an end in 1932, when his alcoholism, absenteeism and a trhreatened suicide contributed to his firing. Deciding to put his creative talent to use, he taught himself to write pulp fiction; his first story ("Blackmailers Don't Shoot") was published by Black Mask in 1933, and his first novel ("The Big Sleep") was published in 1939. Chandler continued to write steadily until 1954 and his literary success led to work as a Hollywood screenwriter. On December 12, 1954, his wife of 30 years died after a long illness and this plummeted Chandler into a deep depression, plunging him more deeply than ever into drinking. In March 1959, Chandler traveled to New York to accept precidency of the Mystery Writers of America, but fell ill with pneumonia. Several days later, on March 26, 1959, Raymond Thornton Chandler died of pneumonial periferal vascular shock and prerenal uremia (per his death certificate) at Scripps Memorial Hospital of La Jolla, California; he is burined at Mount Hope Cememtery in San Diego, California.
Photograph of Raymond Chandler and his black cat. Mr. Chandler can be seen sitting on an upholstered chair, wearing a tweed coat, with a pipe in his mouth, and holding a black cat. A bookshelf is visible along the back wall.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Portraits-Chandler, Raymond.
Chandler, Raymond,--1888-1959
Novelists, American
Authors, American
Screenwriters--United States
Cats--California--Los Angeles
Portrait photographs

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