Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Letter to Jamie Hamilton,
13 May 1949.

"I don't know what's happening to the writing racket in this country.

I get an offer of $1200 a year for the use of my name on the title of

a new mystery magazine. Raymond Chandler's Mystery Magazine. I

have nothing to do with the magazine, no control over the contents

and no contact whatever with the editorial policy. It does seem

to me that a line has to be drawn, and I am even willing to argue

that you can rule out ethics and you would still, if you had any

vision, have to draw that line as a matter of policy. But such is the

brutalization of commercial ethics in this country that no one can

feel anything more delicate than the velvet touch of a soft buck."


The Raymond Chandler Papers
Selected Letters and Nonfiction, 1909-1959
Edited by Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane
Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000

"Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, 
and America has never looked the same to us since." 

 — Paul Auster