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Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard Boiled Detective Transformed
Name: Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard Boiled Detective Transformed
Author: john paul athanasourelis
Pages: 209
Year: 2011
Language: English
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Portions of this work previously appeared as "American Individualism and the Hard Boiled Detective Hero" in The McNeese Review, volume 41(2003). LIBRARY OFCONGRESSCATALOGUING IN PUBLICATIONDATA Athanasourelis, John Paul, 952 Raymond Chandler"s Philip Marlowe : the hard boiled detective transformed / John Paul Athansourelis. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978 0 7864 4215 7 softcover : 50# alkaline paper . Chandler, Raymond, 888 959 Criticism and interpretation. 2. Chandler, Raymond, 888 959 Characters Philip Marlowe. 3. Marlowe, Philip (Fictitious character) 4. Detective and mystery stories, American History and criticism. I. Title. PS3505.H3224Z57 20 2 8 3".52 dc23 20 03737 BRITISHLIBRARY CATALOGUING DATA ARE AVAILABLE 20 2 John Paul Athansourelis. All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Front cover image: Dick Powell as Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet, 944; cover design by David K. Landis (Shake It Loose Graphics) Manufactured in the United States of America McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers Box 6 , Je erson, North Carolina 28640 www.mcfarlandpub.com


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Preface I came to the topic of this study quite indirectly, while teaching an introduction to film course at Purdue University. Screening and teaching The Big Sleepreminded me of readings of Chandler and Hammett and I recognized the great potential of the genre of detective fiction for my dissertation. This study is a development of that academic work. The focus on Amer ican individualism stems from a long sojourn abroad, in Ger many, where I experienced a different way of thinking and living. Like so many expatriates, I first gained a clear idea as to what my American identity was. This study seeks to analyze different strains of individu alism as expressed through detective fiction, primarily that of Raymond Chandler. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, occupies a unique position in the genre: in many ways an ordinary, fal lible man, his exceptional skill is not so much the keen analysis of a Sherlock Holmes or the cunning and pugnacity of a Sam Spade, but a knack for communication, connecting the dis parate parts of his society. I hope I have been able to make my own lucid connections among the character, author, genre, and readers. 1


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