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War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Sarah Trott

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781496808646
eISBN:
9781496808684
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Hard-boiled writer Raymond Chandler created his detective Philip Marlowe not as the idealisation of heroic individualism as is commonly perceived, but as an authentic individual subjected to real ... More


War’s Traumatic Impact

Sarah Trott

in War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781496808646
eISBN:
9781496808684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter one examines Chandler’s biography to question the established view of the author’s life and war experience. By employing a psychological sketch of Chandler’s experience during World War One, ... More


A New View: Chandler and War

Sarah Trott

in War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781496808646
eISBN:
9781496808684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter two discusses the version of Chandler’s experiences presented by his biographers, before conducting a new and original investigation into the accuracy of their survey. Chandler’s ... More


Hard-Boiled Faulkner? Gender, Art, and Commerce in William Faulkner’s Knight’s Gambit

Erin A. Smith

in Faulkner and Print Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496812308
eISBN:
9781496812346
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496812308.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This essay analyzes William Faulkner’s 1949 collection of detective stories, Knight’s Gambit, as a dialogue with Raymond Chandler over gender, art, and commerce in mystery fiction. Faulkner wrote the ... More


Characterization: The Detective as Veteran

Sarah Trott

in War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781496808646
eISBN:
9781496808684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter four explores how the symptoms of war trauma have been transferred onto Chandler’s protagonist Philip Marlowe. Marlowe’s character traits will be closely examined by considering certain ... More


Chandler and the American War Writers

Sarah Trott

in War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781496808646
eISBN:
9781496808684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter three considers the relationship between detective fiction and war fiction and the impact of one style upon the other to create a ‘war noir’. Taking examples from renowned World War One ... More


Aftermath: Chandler’s Legacy

Sarah Trott

in War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781496808646
eISBN:
9781496808684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The final chapter will consider how Chandler’s novels have created a lasting legacy in contemporary fiction. The Vietnam War and the revival of the “traditional” hard-boiled detective during the ... More


The Long Goodbye

Sarah Trott

in War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781496808646
eISBN:
9781496808684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In addition to Marlowe, Chandler’s other veteran characters also unwittingly suffer post-traumatic symptoms, and chapter six is an exploration of the most significant of Chandler’s novels and the ... More


The Philip Marlowe Novels

Sarah Trott

in War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781496808646
eISBN:
9781496808684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter five reconsiders Chandler’s own war experience to show that Marlowe, like his creator, displayed symptoms of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Examining the novels for ... More


The Home-front Detective as Dissident Lawman (and -woman): Hammett, Chandler, Woolrich, and 1940s Hollywood

Dennis Broe

in Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033228
eISBN:
9780813039152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033228.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the character of the wartime home-front detective in Hollywood films during the 1940s and discusses the similarity of this detective to his counterpart in the assembly line. It ... More


At Home on “These Mean Streets”: Collaboration and Community in Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Mystery Series

Albert U. Turner Jr.

in Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730883
eISBN:
9781604733358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730883.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter analyzes one of the most frequent critical assertions made about Walter Mosley, the idea that Easy Rawlins is an African American version of Raymond Chandler’s “hard-boiled” detective. ... More


Bogart and The Big Sleep

Joseph McBride

in Hawks on Hawks

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813142623
eISBN:
9780813145242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142623.003.0024
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores Hawk’s experiences working with Humphrey Bogart, specifically on the film The Big Sleep. Hawks describes the successful chemistry that continued between Bacall and Bogart, and ... More


Crime and Detective Fiction after the Great War

Lee Horsley

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385342
eISBN:
9780190252779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on American crime and detective fiction published after World War I. It first discusses pulp publishing and its role in the transformation of American crime writing, with ... More


Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels

Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520268838
eISBN:
9780520948860
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268838.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book returns to print an invaluable document of Depression-era Los Angeles, illuminating a pivotal moment in L.A.'s history, when writers like Raymond Chandler, Nathanael West, and F. Scott ... More


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