A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler

A Mysterious Something in the Light The Life of Raymond Chandler The life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye Now drawing on new interviews previously unpublished letters an
  • Title: A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler
  • Author: TomWilliams
  • ISBN: 9781613748404
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler
    The life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye Now, drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters, and archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Tom Williams casts a new light on this most mysterious of writers.The Raymond Chandler revealed is a man troubled by loneliness andThe life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye Now, drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters, and archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Tom Williams casts a new light on this most mysterious of writers.The Raymond Chandler revealed is a man troubled by loneliness and desertion from an early age Born in Chicago in 1888, his childhood was overshadowed by the collapse of his parents marriage, his father s alcohol fuelled violence eventually forcing the boy and his doting mother to leave for Ireland and later London But class bound England proved stifling, and Chandler, in his twenties and eager to forge a new life, returned to the United States where in corruption ridden Los Angeles he met his one great love, Cissy Pascal, a married woman eighteen years his senior.It was only during middle age, after his alcoholism wrecked a lucrative career as an oilman, that Chandler seriously turned to crime fiction And his legacy the lonely, ambiguous world of Philip Marlowe endures, compelling generations of crime writers to follow him.In this long awaited new biography, Tom Williams shadows one of the true literary giants of the twentieth century and considers how crime writing was raised to the level of art.
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    Tom was born in Newcastle in 1981 and read English at University College London He now lives in London and works in publishing A Mysterious Something In The Light is his first book.

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  • Raymond Chandler never wanted to be a mystery writer, which is surprising considering how masterfully he performed within the genre While it was never his goal to be classified as a crime fiction author, he would stretch the limitations of what could be considered a mystery novel, choosing to focus on character development and dialogue rather than strictly whodunit By doing so, Chandler would present strong supporting casts, drama heavy stories and muse on both society and life Chandler s Marlow [...]


  • Having dug out Tom Hiney s 1997 Raymond Chandler, a Biography and had a pleasant leaf through, I can t quite see that this new life takes us much further Williams has done some interviews and found unpublished letters but I couldn t spot any significant new information The main difference seems to be that Hiney is a writer while Williams is a plodding researcher, something evident from their opening sentences While Williams gives us a factual Raymond Chandler was born on 23 July 1888 in the uppe [...]


  • Really grateful for this recent biography on Chandler It illuminates so much in his life that was murky in earlier biographies, without resorting to wildly theorizing It s also damned entertaining and shows why Chandler is easily as interesting as any character he created or world he delineated.


  • Excellent biography, very readable and as good as any of the previous biographies of Chandler There is no doubt that Chandler was a remarkable guy, and it is intriguing to considerthe way he developed into a writer with a unique style, and to trace the pattern of his life.



  • Raymond Chandler July 23, 1888 March 26, 1959Though the subject of Raymond Chandler was an exciting one to my mind, I often found this book to be a little repetitive However, the complexity of this man was quite fascinating and I did learn a lot from this biographical history Unfortunately, many of his formative early years seem to be based on supposition than researched facts, but perhaps there were few facts available to research On the other hand, he was a prolific letter writer even while y [...]


  • The depth of research found in this book is often mind blowing I love that careful attention to detail I read many biographies and can always tell when the author took the time and effort to leave no stone unturned in their quest for information Some readers find the transparency of research in a biography to remove them from the narrative of the story You get that sense a little bit at the beginning of the book but the narrative voice eventually finds its stride This book is also the perfect ex [...]


  • This seems like a well researched biography, but it doesn t really seek to do much than go through the month to month passage of Chandler s life and steers away from fully getting to grips with the writer s art It s quite depressing to wade through, given the detail of the subject s alcoholism and strangely pathetic love life Despite this, my regard for Chandler s work hasn t been diminished, although Mr Chandler will not now be invited to any fantasy dinner party of mine However, this biograph [...]


  • This is a solid new biography of Raymond Chandler that adds to the other full length bio by Tom Hiney that I ve read and Judith Freeman s The Long Embrace Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved I guess the main problem for me is that between the two aforementioned books and also Chandler s letters collected in The Raymond Chandler Papers, there s not a whole heap of new information here Having said that, Williams does a good job, particularly on Chandler s early life The ending of this book is [...]


  • Well researched and painfully honest a thoroughly engaging read that kept me interested right to the last page The best biography I have read in ages.



  • I won this book in a giveaway This was a very thorough biography of one of the great fictional crime writers ever It goes into his early life and education trying to figure out who he would become and why and probably over analyzes his younger years The story goes on to his writing, business dealings, marriage, and his struggles with money and alcohol A very informative biography but in my humble opinion, a tad bit long Well worth the read for big time Chandler fans.


  • Such a great biography I didn t know much about Raymond Chandler and won the book in a contest but I really enjoyed reading Some great photos as well.


  • In his fine biography of Chandler, A Mysterious Something in the Light, writer, literary agent and editor Tom Williams goes beyond the author s public persona, piecing together Chandler s family history, private relationships and key episodes from his childhood that give us a clearer understanding of why the novelist became an exemplar of the hard boiled school of writing.He also gives a simple and straightforward explanation of how the author s experiences in the business world of Los Angeles i [...]


  • I m not typically a fan of biographies But this one was recommended by a writer whom I trust so I figured I d give it a try.Williams provides remarkably detailed factual information as well as solid conjecture, backed by data, which leads the reader down some interesting paths.Chandler was much complex than I ever gave him credit for From his unhappy childhood, to globe trotting lifestyle to his battle with alcoholism he was a multi faceted man I enjoyed reading how he broke into the writing bu [...]


  • This is a fascinating book if you want to peer into the tragic life of Chandler The author does a great job of giving glimpses of Raymond s difficult struggles in which he reveals through his Id Marlowe To dissect Phillip Marlowe is to understand partly mostly the man who created him I received this book through Giveaway.


  • The author s thoroughness and dedication to the topic are clear, and it s mostly a well told tale I felt unfortunately too little was given to Chandler s process and influences, which is what interested me most Still, it is quite an interesting book on a fascinating man.


  • A readable but poorly edited biography of Raymond Chandler I regularly found repeated phrases and quotations throughout, making me think it needed going over with a red pen Interesting to get the background on the creator of Philip Marlowe.


  • This was a fairly enjoyable biography of Chandler covering his place in hard boiled crime thriller writing Unfortunately he didn t seem to have a very interesting life and Williams to some extent skirted around the issue of his alcoholism.


  • Well done bio in which i found out just how much sadder Raymond Chandler was compared to his most famous character, Phillip Marlowe Fascinating read on a writer and what drove him to fame and ruin both.


  • The book was well researched and interesting in its look at Chandler and his works however, I was slightly thrown by the informality of the book s tone in particular of calling the subject Ray Overall though a good look at a complicated man.


  • Seems to be a fairly objective treatment of Chandler s life and work, especially revealing the sadness of his last years.




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