A Raymond Chandler Chronology

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

1912

Returns to America, lives briefly in St. Louis and Omaha, then moves to California. Works odd jobs in and around Los Angeles.

1913

Enrolls in nightschool bookkeeping course Works as bookkeeper and accountant at Los Angeles Creamery. Mother comes from England to live with him

1916

Living at 311 Loma Drive, downtown Los Angeles

1917

August

Enlists in Canadian army

December 7

Arrives in Liverpool, England

1918

March

Assigned to 7th Batallion of Canadian Expeditionary Force, sent to France

June

transferred to Royal Air Force, attends aviation training school

November

Armistice declared.

1919

February

Receives discharge from Army.
Returns to United States, travels along Pacific coast. Moves to San Francisco, takes job at an English bank. Returns to Los Angeles, works for Los Angeles Creamery. Begins affair with Cissy Pascal.

June 10

Cissy Pascal files for divorce from husband.

1920

October 24

Oct. 24--Cissy's divorce final

1922

Takes bookkeeping job with Dabney oil syndicate, soon rises to position of vice-president

1924

January

Florence Chandler (Raymond's mother) dies

February 6

Raymond Chandler and Cissy Pascal marry.

1928

The Chandlers move to 1024 South Highland Avenue

1932

Chandler fired from Dabney Oil Syndicate for drinking and absenteeism
Chandler goes to Seattle without Cissy. Cissy becomes ill. Chandler returns to L.A.
Move to 4616 Greenwood Place