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PostSubject: Letters of the Hardboiled Authors   Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:05 pm

I used to have a volume of Raymond Chandler's letters, and they were great reading.

His powers of observation, erudition, and comic timing were the best kind for letter writing.

Can anyone else recommend some correspondence?
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PostSubject: Re: Letters of the Hardboiled Authors   Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:40 pm

I haven't heard about these...hm.

Gotta check them out, I love reading other people's mail...Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Letters of the Hardboiled Authors   Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:26 pm

They're really good. He wrote excellent letters.

And there are some great comments about his cats.
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PostSubject: Re: Letters of the Hardboiled Authors   Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:01 am

At the risk of thread hijacking, which isn't my intent, really, here's some thoughts from Spillane:

(Source: Wikipedia)


  • "I'm actually a softie. Tough guys get killed too early... I've got a full head of hair and don't wear eyeglasses."
  • "I'm the most translated writer in the world, behind Lenin, Tolstoy, Gorki and Jules Verne. And they're all dead..."
  • "I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends."
  • "My work may be garbage but it's good garbage."
  • "Now what happened with Ernest Hemingway was that he wrote this
    nasty piece about me... So I was on a show in Chicago, a live TV show.
    It was a big theatre and there was a stage audience, and the guy who
    was interviewing me said, "Did you read that piece that Hemingway wrote
    about you?" And I said, "Hemingway who?" It brought the house down, but
    he hated my guts after that."
  • "Inspiration is an empty bank account."

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