"The Big Sleep" is Raymond Chandler's most famous and popular novel of all Los Angeles. PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old ...Show synopsis"The Big Sleep" is Raymond Chandler's most famous and popular novel of all Los Angeles. PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse..."Anything Chandler writes about grips the mind from the first sentence". ("Daily Telegraph"). "One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain". ("Sunday Times"). "Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes". (Anthony Burgess). Best-known as the creator of the original private eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. Many of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he is widely regarded as one of the very greatest writers of detective fiction. His books include "The Big Sleep", "The Little Sister", "Farewell", "My Lovely", "The Long Good-bye", "The Lady in the Lake", "Playback", "Killer in the Rain", "The High Window" and "Trouble is My Business".Hide synopsis
The Big Sleep (North Point Press) – Hardcover (1989)
Raymond Chandler, Lou Stoumen (Photographer)
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Hardcover, North Point Press 1989
ISBN: 0865474028 ISBN-13: 9780865474024
Available for the first time in a trade package, the Arion Press edition of The Big Sleep lavishly presents one of the best-known detective stories of all time, complete with full-page black-and-white photos. 40 photos.Available for the first time in a trade package, the Arion Press edition of The Big Sleep lavishly presents one of the best-known detective stories of all time, complete with full-page black-and-white photos. 40 photos.Hide
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Description:Lou Stoumen photos. Near Fine. No Jacket. Book Silver-stamped...Lou Stoumen photos. Near Fine. No Jacket. Book Silver-stamped black cloth, no dust jacket. "Windsor Public Library Annex" stamped FEP & verso back cover; no other library marks. Clean text. Intro: Lawrence Clark Powell. The classic detective novel handsomely illustrated w/ many b/w photos. NOT the limited edition printed by Arion Press. 38070 PB shelf.
Description:Very good in very good dust jacket. First Edition. Green Apple...Very good in very good dust jacket. First Edition. Green Apple Books and Music, Publisher Weekly's Bookstore of the Year 2014, has been San Francisco's favorite independent bookseller for more than 40 years! Shipping costs on oversize / international orders will reflect actual shipping charges and may be more than quoted by ABE. We will need to contact you with true shipping costs and ask for authorization before adjusting cost.
Description:Very Fine in Very Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7æ"-9æ" tall. Large...Very Fine in Very Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7æ"-9æ" tall. Large octavo hardcover, dark gray cloth in non price-clipped dust-jacket. 249pp., Designed by Andrew Hoyen. Copiously illustrated with 40 staged photographs by Lou Stoumen [based on the limited edition published at the Arion Press in 1986]. Introduction by Lawrence Clark Powell. First edition, first printing. No previous ownership marks. A very clean, square, fresh and unmarked copy-as new. A very collectable copy of this classic noir detective novel. A very fine book in a very fine dust-jacket.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 0865474028. Illustrated with...Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 0865474028. Illustrated with 40 full page photographs by Lou Stoumen. Introduction by Lawrence Clark Powell. Tight, clean and crisp. A faint hint of shelf wear to dustjacket with a tiny spot to top edge, otherwise an excellent copy now protected in a new Mylar cover. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library.; 0.9 x 8.6 x 6.7 Inches; 249 pages.
You just can't read this without the image of Humphrey Bogart in your mind. This is the kind of mystery that influenced everything after it's publication. Love the phrasing and pictures Chandler presents and the fast action.
Raymond Chandler practically invented the Southern California detective novel, which also includes Ross MacDonald and Walter Mosley. His protagonist Philip Marlowe stalks a sun-blinded Southland of elite mansions, transient motels, retired generals, nymphomaniac daughters, and cagey heiresses. Chandler rises above the crowd with his way with a metaphor and his witty, tough-guy repartee. Our image of Los Angeles--its glamour and seediness--is forever refracted through Chandler's stylish prose. The principals in Howard Hawks' movie version of The Big Sleep claimed not to understand the convolutions of the plot, but no matter. It's the pleasure of the prose that counts.
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