One prefers, of course, on all occasions to be stainless and above reproach, but, failing that, the next best thing is unquestionably to have got rid of the body.
P.G. Wodehouse (Joy in the Morning)
Raymond Chandler was born on this day, 23 July 1888.
Chandler wrote ‘hard-boiled’ detective fiction, including classics like The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. His fictional detective Philip Marlowe was famously played on screen by Humphrey Bogart.
P.G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler were both educated at Dulwich College in London’s South, which today has libraries named after both authors.
David Cannadine explored the connection between them this Point of View article (via BBC News): ‘Where Jeeves meets a hard-boiled detective‘.
The anniversary of Chandler’s birth seemed a fitting occasion to share it with you.
“You are evidently fond of mystery plays.”
“I love them.”
“So do I. And mystery novels?”
“Have you read Blood on the Banisters?”
“Oh, yes! I thought it was much better than Severed Throats.”
“So did I,” said Cyril. “Much better. Brighter murders, subtler detectives, crisper clues … better in every way.”
The two twin souls gazed into each other’s eyes. There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
P.G. Wodehouse (Strychnine in the Soup, Mulliner Nights)