Raymond Chandler

At what point does a work of supposed literary merit simply become fan fiction?

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From the Stacks: "Journey into the Night"

September 23, 1946

In honor of Raymond Chandler's birthday, our 1946 review of the film version of his novel "The Big Sleep," starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

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In most of the early newspaper reviews of "The Adams Chronicles" the big pitch was bigness. Six million dollars, nine scriptwriters, 3000 costumes—these were figures to conjure with, and the reviewers conjured, and the ones I read came up with the unusual theory that bigness had not destroyed the series. No, intelligence and restraint had saved the day. I've now watched all but two of the first nine shows (the total is 13, running into mid-April) and beg to differ. Bigness is still a disaster in America, and in "The Adams Chronicles" the disaster is bigger than ever.

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