London: Original Letter, 1956. Original Letter. 7 X 9 inches. Near Fine. Item #7084
Raymond Chandler Signed letter (TLS) to noted bibliophile and publisher (Cassell's) Desmond Flower. Letter in regards to obtaining the manuscript copy of "The Long Goodbye" at the 28th International PEN Congress. Accomplished on Chandler's personal light blue letterhead with copies of the request correspondence included (as was saved by Flower). Letter dated April 17, 1956. Boldly signed in red ink.
Chandler needs no introduction, but I can't resist... His mystery novels and hard-boiled "touch guy" detective prose starring Philip Marlowe spawned the entire genre now known as "Noir" in my opinion. This letter, discussing the original manuscript of quite possibly his most important work, written by Chandler at the pinnacle of his depression and in the year he attempted suicide. Original fold marks and staple holes (at top left corner).