The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler: Home

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Raymond Chandler, together with Dashiell Hammett, was one of the 

founders of the style of detective fiction known as hard-boiled. The hard-boiled detective novel was the first truly American novel.  Its sources come directly from the streets of the big cities of the 1920s and 1930s.  This is one of the reasons these books have stayed popular for nearly 100 years.

Raymond Chandler published the essay "The Simple Art of Murder" prior to writing The Long Goodbye. The essay is a literary criticism about the mastery of writing a mystery. The Long Goodbye is Chandler's sixth Philip Marlowe novel, published in 1953. Raymond Chandler's writing style evolves in this novel to highlight the corruption embedded in the fabric of American society. Critics suggest that  The Long Goodbye is an autobiographical portrait of Chandler. In 1955, Chandler won  the second annual Edgar Award for best mystery novel for The Long Goodbye.


Adventures of Philip Marlowe have been reenacted in Oldtime Radio Crime Drama and Television series.


“Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour.” 

 -Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye (1953), Chapter 47

Literary Analysis Research Guide

This guide will help you find information for your research assignment, both in the library and on the Internet.

For students at Lone Star College-Kingwood, there may also be materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk. Ask a librarian for assistance.

As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage. 

Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, literary works, events, or broader identifying terms. 

Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet. 


Circulating Books

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles is a 30 minute streaming video that highlights how Chandler used life in Los Angeles as a backdrop for his work.

(Note* If you are off campus or using wifi, you will be asked to input the 14-digit barcode number from your Lone Star College ID to watch the video in the Films on Demand database. If you are an online student, request a barcode number to be emailed to your Lone Star College email address.)

Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Radio

This is "The Deep Shadow," an Adventure of Philip Marlowe, as reinacted in a radio program.

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