Pearls Are A Nuisance

‘Pearls Are A Nuisance’ is one of Chandler’s more unusual stories. It appeared in the Dime Detective in 1939 and is narrated by a heavy drinking, 6ft something Anglicized American by the name of Walter Gage who talks ‘the way Jane Austen writes’ despite his size and muscles (he played football in college we are told by his adoring girlfriend, Ellen). Continue reading


I’m Back

I had a bit of bad news recently but the upshot of this is that I can now focus full time on Chandler. I’ve neglected this blog for far too long but am chomping at the bit to let you know what I’ve been up to.

Chandler on Film?

I just stumbled across a video filmed on the 17th of March 1918 of Canadian soldiers being presented to America dignitaries at the CEF HQ on the Western Front.The significance of this is that Chandler arrived in France on 16th of March and it is easy to imagine that Canadian commanders would show off their freshest troops. It is a long shot of course but I can’t help but wonder as I watch this video if Chandler is amongst these men. Continue reading

Reasons to be quiet

I just wanted to let you know why I’ve been so quiet for the last couple of months. After a fantastic three months in LA I had to return to home to the UK. I was very lucky in that the company I work for, PFD, have given me a sabbatical while I researched. Now that I am back though, I have to work pretty hard. Plus, I’ve been promoted to Associate Agent and have only just got used to that.

Anyway, the long and the short of it is – I am still working on Raymond and I will get back to updating this blog very soon.

Best to you all


Chandler on the BBC

I was recently interviewed about Raymond Chandler by a BBC journalist for a piece she did to mark the 50th Anniversary of his death. You can listen to the programme here. The Chandler segment starts about seven minutes in.

Extraodinary Day

I’ve just had the most exciting couple of days at UCLA. One of the librarians approached me today and told me that she had some uncatalogued Chandler letters and asked if I would like to see them. Continue reading

Raymond Chandler’s Hollywood Secretary

Judith Freeman has written a piece in today’s LA Times about her meeting Chandler’s secretary. Its an interesting piece and I thought I’d share it. Click here to read it.