Raymond Chandler. The Long Good-Bye. London: [1953]. First edition.

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    Raymond Chandler. The Long Good-Bye. London: Hamish Hamilton, [1953]. First edition. Octavo. 319, [320] pages. Publisher's dark grayish-red, v-grain, paper-covered boards, spine lettered in silver; all edges trimmed; in original dust jacket. Spine leaning gently; corners softly bumped. Faint discoloration to endpapers. Dust jacket rubbed at folds; faint soiling to white background of rear panel; occasional light edgewear with a couple small chips at fold edges. Near fine. Bruccoli A10.1.a. From the KoKo Collection.

    Chandler recalled the experience of writing The Long Good-Bye in a letter to Jean de Leon in 1957: "I was a loving and faithful husband for almost thirty-one years, and I watched my wife die by half-inches and I wrote my best book in the agony of that knowledge, and yet I wrote it. I don't know how." Hiney and MacShane, editors. The Raymond Chandler Papers. New York: Grove Press, 2002. p. 228.

    Winner of the 1955 Edgar Award for best novel. Source material for the 1973 film by Robert Altman starring Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe.

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