A Raymond Chandler Chronology

Youth (1870 - 1912) | America & Oil (1912-1932) | Pulp Fiction (1933-1938) | Early Novels (1939-1944)

1870

October 29

Pearl Eugenie Hurlburt (Cissy Chandler) born in Perry, Ohio

1888

July 23

Raymond Thornton Chandler born in Chicago

1895

July 23

Parents divorce; Chandler moves to London with his mother

1900

Fall

Chandler enters Dulwich College

1905

April

Leaves Dulwich Travels to Paris to study French

1906

Moves to Germany to continue language studies

1907

Spring

Returns to England, becomes a naturalized British subject.

Summer

Passes Civil Service Exam, takes job in the Admiralty

1908

December 19

First poem, "The Unknown Love," published in Chambers's Journal

1909 - 1912

Leaves the Admiralty. Works briefly as a reporter for the London Daily Express.Contributes poems, sketches, essays, and translations to the Westminster Gazette and The Academy