Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction and Film Noir

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More than any other writer, Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) is responsible for raising detective stories from the level of pulp fiction to literature. Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe set the standard for rough, brooding heroes with strong moral conviction in a cruel, indifferent world. In this book, Gene Phillips explores the intersection of Chandler's fiction and film, from his novels and short stories to his Hollywood screenplays. Through interviews with Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Edward Dmytryk, Phillips probes Chandler's notoriously difficult personality and demonstrates the debt that both detective fiction and today's neo-noir films owe to Chandler's stark vision.

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An opulent repository of material on the premier American noirist. - Choice; ""Phillips constantly dazzles with both the precision of his presentation and the power of his analysis."" - Lester Keyser

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Gene D. Phillips, S.J., teaches at Loyola University of Chicago and is the author of books about Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick and numerous studies of fiction and film.

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