Raymond Chandler

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  • Lee Horsley (Lancaster University)

Raymond Thornton Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 but lived abroad, primarily in England, from the time he was seven until he was in his mid-twenties. Chandler's mother, Florence Thornton, was Anglo-Irish and, after the collapse of her marriage to the hard-drinking Maurice Chandler, she left America with her son. Looked after by Florence's brother Ernest, they lived in South London, and, from 1900 until 1904, Chandler was a day boy at Dulwich College. Chandler's English upbringing is one of the factors most often invoked to explain his individual shaping of American hard-boiled detective fiction. Arguably the experience that gave him both a mastery of language and his abiding sense of integrity, honour and decency, his English …

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Horsley, Lee. "Raymond Chandler". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 July 2001
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