A Raymond Chandler Chronology

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

1933

December

"Blackmailers Don't Shoot" published in Black Mask

1934

July

"Smart-Aleck Kill" published in Black Mask

October

"Finger Man" published in Black Mask

1935

January

"Killer in the Rain" published in Black Mask

June

"Nevada Gas" published in Black Mask

October

Writes "Improvisation for Cissy" (poem)

November

November--"Spanish Blood" published in Black Mask

1936

January

"Guns at Cyrano's" published in Black Mask

January 11

Chandler attends Black Mask dinner, meets Dashiell Hammett

March

"The Man Who Liked Dogs" published in Black Mask

June

"Goldfish" published in Black Mask

September

The Curtain" published in Black Mask. Chandler Earns $1,500 from five stories

1937

January

"Try the Girl" published in Black Mask

June 15

Date of first known Chandler letter (to editor of Fortnightly Intruder)

November

"Mandarin's Jade" published in Dime Detective

1938

January

"Red Wind" published in Dime Detective

March

"The King in Yellow" published in Dime Detective

Spring

Chandler begins writing The Big Sleep. Earns $1,275 for 3 Dime Detective stories