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Title: The Long Goodbye
Description: Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1954. First Edition with matching dates of 1954 on the title and copyright pages; and "First published in the United States, 1954" on the copyright page. A very good plus copy bound in finely woven blue and green cloth stamped in green. A very clean, tight copy with a previous owner's name written in ink at the top of the front flyleaf. With light green topstaining. In the striking dust jacket by Walter H. Lorraine with the original price of $3.00 at the top of the inside front flap. Several small chips and pieces are missing from the corners and at the top and bottom of the spine ends. The verso has been reinforced with strips of Scotch tape along the top and bottom edges. Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett's Sam Spade, is considered by some to be synonymous with "private detective," both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe. Some of Chandler's novels are considered to be important literary works, and three are often considered to be masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). The Long Goodbye is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as "arguably the first book since Hammett's The Glass Key, published more than twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery."  .

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Price: US$ 750.00 Seller: Brainerd F. Phillipson, Rare Books
- Book number: B195

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