Mailbox Monday – 4/23

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I received one for review this week. I’ve actually never read The Big Sleep, so I’m looking forward to it.
Mailbox Monday – 4/23The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Series: Philip Marlowe #1
Published by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard on July 17, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Noir, Mystery
Pages: 512
Format: eARC
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The first fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler's 1939 classic The Big Sleep, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem and hundreds of illuminating notes and photographs alongside the full text, is an essential addition to any crime fiction fan's library.

A masterpiece of noir, Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep helped to define a genre and remains one of the most celebrated and stylish novels of the twentieth century. Now, this comprehensive annotated edition offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of the novel, bringing the gritty and seductive world of Chandler's iconic private eye Philip Marlowe into full color. Notes on the historical context of Chandler's Los Angeles; excerpts from the author's personal letters and source texts; explorations of the issues of gender, sexuality, and race that permeate the story; and important interpretations and clarifications enrich the reader's understanding and situate the novel within the tradition of crime fiction that Chandler both built upon and made new.

About Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American-British novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at the age of forty-four, Chandler became a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Great Depression. His first short story, “Blackmailers Don’t Shoot”, was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published seven novels during his lifetime (an eighth, in progress at the time of his death, was completed by Robert B. Parker). In the year before his death, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on March 26, 1959, in La Jolla, California.


  1. I just read this book a couple of weeks ago! Actually, I mostly listened to it on audio as performed by Elliot Gould. It is very dated in its perceptions of women and homosexuality which jarred, However, the dialog and description was so sharp and entertaining.

    I love the idea of an annotated version. I don’t live that from from L.A. and I had fun picturing the scene of Southern California of the 1930s and 40s.

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