Novels

This section provides a selected checklist of Raymond Chandler's novels, covering only the most important editions and printings. The information about and numbering of the items are taken from Matthew J. Bruccoli's Raymond Chandler: A Descriptive Bibliography (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1979), the definitive bibliography of Chandler's works. For an explanation of the numbering scheme and terms used, see the Note on Bibliographic Methods and Terms.

A.1: The Big Sleep

First American edition, first printing: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. A1.1.b: First edition, second printing: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939 (Second printing before publication date).

A1.1.c: First edition, third printing: New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1940.

A1.1.d: First edition, fourth printing: New York: Knopf, [1945] (Black Widow Thriller).

A1.2.a: First English edition, first printing: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1939. A1.2.b: First edition, second printing: London: Hamish Hamilton, [March 1939] A 1.3: Third edition: New York: Avon, [1942] (Murder Mystery Monthly #7, Chandler's first appearance in paperback).

A 1.4: Fourth edition: New York: Avon, [1943].

A 1.5.a: Fifth edition, first printing: Raymond Chandler's Mystery Omnibus. Cleveland and New York: World, [1944]

A 1.6: Sixth edition: New York: Editions for the Armed Services, [1945].

A 1.8: Eighth edition: Harmondsworth: Penguin, [1948] (First British paperback edition of Chandler's novels).


A.2 Farewell, My Lovely A 2.1.a: First edition, first printing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. A 2.1.b: First edition , second printing: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, [1945] (Black Widow Thriller). A 2.2 a: First English edition, first printing: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1940. A 2.2.b: Second printing: London: Hamish Hamilton, [1941]. A 2.3: Third edition: Pocket, [1943] (First paperback edition).

A 2.4.a: Fourth edition, first printing: Raymond Chandler's Mystery Omnibus. Cleveland & New YorkL World, [1944].

A 2.5: Fifth edition: [Harmondsworth]: Penguin, [1949]. (First British paperback edition).

A 2.9: Ninth edition: New York: Pocket, [1964].

A 2.11: Eleventh edition. Farewell, My Lovely & The Lady in the Lake. New York: Modern Library, [1967].


A.3 The High Window A 3.1.a: First edition, first printing: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. A 3.1.b: First edition, second printing: New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1943.

A 3.1.c: First edition, third printing: New York, Knopf [1945] (Black Widow Thriller).

A 3.1.d: First edition, fourth printing: Cleveland & New York: World, [1945] (Tower Books edition).

A 3.2: First English edition, first printing. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1943.

A 3.3: Third edition: New York: Pocket, 1945.

A 3.4: Fourth edition: London & Stockholm: Continental, 1948 (Zephyr).

A 3.5: Fifth edition: [Harmondsworth]: Penguin, [1951].


A.4 The Lady in the Lake A.4.1.a: First edition, first printing: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943.

A.4.2.a: First English edition, first printing: London, Hamish Hamilton, 1944.

A 4.3: Third edition: New York: Editions for the Armed Services, 1945.

A 4.4: Fourth edition: New York: Pocket, 1946.


A.8 The Little Sister A.8.1.a: First edition, first printing: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1949.

A.8.2.a: First American edition, first priting: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1949.

A.8.3: Third edition: New York: Pocket, [1950].


A.10 The Long Goodbye A.10.1.a: First edition, first printing: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953.

A.10.2.a: First American edition, first printing: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954.

A 10.3: Third edition: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. (The "Book Club Edition" for the Literary Guild)

A 10.5: Fifth edition: New York: Pocket, [1955].

A 10.6: Sixth edition: [Harmondsworth]: Penguin, [1959].


A.11 Playback A 11.1.a: First edition, first printing: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1958

A.11.2: First American edition: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958.

A 11.4: New York: Pocket, 1960.


Short Stories

Detective Stories

 

"Blackmailers Don't Shoot" (December 1933, Black Mask)

"Smart-Aleck Kill" (July 1934, Black Mask)

"Finger Man" (October 1934, Black Mask)

"Killer in the Rain" (January 1935, Black Mask)

"Nevada Gas" (June 1935, Black Mask)

"Spanish Blood" (November 1935, Black Mask)

"Guns at Cyrano's" (January 1936, Black Mask)

"The Man Who Liked Dogs" (March 1936, Black Mask)

"Noon Street Nemesis" (May 30, 1936, Detective Fiction Weekly). Later published in collections as "Pick-up on Noon Street"

"Goldfish" (June 1936, Black Mask)

"The Curtain" (September 1936, Black Mask)

"Try the Girl" (January 1937, Black Mask)

"Mandarin's Jade" (November 1937, Dime Detective Magazine)

"Red Wind" (January 1938, Dime Detective Magazine)

"The King in Yellow" (March 1938,Dime Detective Magazine)

"Bay City Blues" (June 1938; Dime Detective Magazine)

"The Lady in the Lake" (January 1939, Dime Detective Magazine)

"Pearls Are a Nuisance" (April 1939, Dime Detective Magazine)

"Trouble Is My Business" (August 1939, Dime Detective Magazine)

"No Crime in the Mountains" (September 1941, Detective Story, John Evans)

"Marlowe Takes on the Syndicate" (1958) (April 6-10, 1959; London Daily Mail) . Also published as "Wrong Pigeon" (February 1961, Manhunt), "Philip Marlowe's Last Case" (January 1962, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine), and "The Pencil" (September 1965, Argosy).

 

Non-Detective Short Stories

"I'll Be Waiting" (October 14, 1939, Saturday Evening Post)

"The Bronze Door" (November 1939, Unknown)

"Professor Bingo's Snuff" (June-Aug 1951, Park East)


Story Collections

Five Murderers (New York: Avon, 1944).

Five Sinister Characters (New York: Avon, 1945).

Fingerman and Other Stories (New York: Avon, 1947).

The Simple Art of Murder (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1950).

Killer in the Rain (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1964).


Poetry & Prose

Chandler Before Marlowe: Raymond Chandler's Early Prose and Poetry, 1908-1912. Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli. (Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, 1973).

Screenplays

Published editions: The Blue Dahlia: A Screenplay. Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli. (Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1976).

Raymond Chandler's Unknown Thriller: The Screenplay of Playback. (New York: Mysterious Press, 1985).

Produced screenplays: Double Indemnity. Paramount, 1944.

And Now Tomorrow. Paramount, 1944.

The Unseen. Paramount, 1945.

The Blue Dahlia. Paramount, 1946.

Strangers on A Train. Warner Brothers, 1951.

Unproduced screenplays: The Innocent Mrs. Duff. Paramount, 1946.

Playback. Universal, 1948.


Letters & Notebooks

Fleming, Ian."Raymond Chandler." London Magazine 6 (December 1959): 43-54. Contains letters not in MacShane's volume.

Raymond Chandler Speaking, Ed. Dorothy Gardiner and Katherine Sorley Walker (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962).

The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler and English Summer: A Gothic Romance (New York: Ecco, 1976).

Letters: Raymond Chandler and James M. Fox, Ed. James Pepper (Santa Barbara, CA: Neville & Yellin, 1978).

Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler. Ed. Frank MacShane (New York: Columbia U P, 1981).