The long embrace : Raymond Chandler and the woman he loved / Judith Freeman.
Author: Freeman, Judith, 1946-
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2007.
Description: 353 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Subject: Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959 Relations with women.
Authors, American 20th century Biography.
Detective and mystery stories Authorship.
Notes: Map on endpapers.
Summary: Raymond Chandler was one of the most original and enduring crime novelists of the twentieth century. Yet much of his pre-writing life, including his unconventional marriage, has remained shrouded in mystery. In this wholly original book, author Freeman sets out to solve the puzzle of who Chandler was and how he became the writer who would create in Philip Marlowe an icon of American culture. Freeman uncovers vestiges of the Los Angeles that was terrain and inspiration for Chandler's imagination, including the nearly two dozen apartments and houses the Chandlers lived in over the course of two decades. She also uncovers the life of Cissy Pascal, the older, twice-divorced woman Chandler married in 1924, who would play an essential role in how he came to understand not only his female characters--and Marlowe's relation to them--but himself as well.--From publisher description.