Trouble Was His Business -- Raymond Chandler
9:37 AM | March 26, 2009
“The streets were dark with something more than night.”
-- Raymond Chandler on Los Angeles
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Raymond Chandler’s death.
To celebrate his work, a small group of fans and scholars gathered at USC on Wednesday night to discuss the works of the author who elevated the detective novel to an art form and who, perhaps more than any other writer, is identified with Los Angeles, a city he loved to hate.
The panel of speakers included moderator Judith Freeman, a novelist and Chandler biographer, Kenneth Turan, a film critic for the Los Angeles Times, Leo Braudy, author and film critic, and Denise Hamilton, a former Los Angeles Times staff writer and author of the Eva Diamond crime novels.
The discussion ranged from Chandler’s difficulty with plot lines to similarities between the author and detective Philip Marlowe, a loner and failed knight in an increasingly corrupt city.