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Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe

The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed

John Paul Athanasourelis


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Since their inception, detective novels have been a wildly successful genre of American fiction, featuring a uniquely American belief in rugged individualism. This historical and critical text surveys early and mid-20th century American detective novels, particularly those by John Carroll Daly, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald, and Raymond Chandler. The book focuses on Raymond Chandler's creation of Philip Marlowe, a detective whose feeling for community and willingness to compromise radically changed the genre's vigilantism and violence. British detective fiction is also analyzed in order to highlight the unique qualities of the American genre.

McFarland & Company, 9780786442157, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2011

About the Author

John Paul Athanasourelis is an associate professor of English at Bronx Community College/CUNY and received his Ph.D. in American Literature from Purdue University. He is presently writing a detective novel.