The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2002 with 161 to follow.
By United Press International

Book of the Week: Sputnik Sweetheart

SAN DIEGO, July 2 (UPI) -- Haruki Murakami is one of Japan's foremost authors, and is widely read in France. However, his name is not yet a household word in the United States. His novels

Commentary: Oscar observations

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- Halle Berry's gasping and sobbing Best Actress acceptance speech, which ran four times the recommended length of 45 seconds, may become as famous as Sally Field
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Happy Christmas, Santa Wolfe

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Load your trusty .38 revolver. Strap on your sexy shoulder holster. Snap down your stylish fedora. And roar off in your tail-finned Cadillac. You're having a me
MARTIN SIEFF, Senior News Analyst

Rock 'n' Roll -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

The comedy quartet of Phil Proctor, Peter Bergman, Phil Austin and David Ossman perfected the genre of aural comic theater in the late 1960s, spinning off from
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter.

In 1932 after losing his job as an oil company executive, Chandler at age forty-five and during the Depression decided to become a writer. In 1933 his first story was published in a pulp magazine called Black Mask. His first novel, The Big Sleep was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published only seven novels during his life. In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on March 26, 1959 in La Jolla California.

Chandler had an immense stylistic influence upon the modern private detective story, especially in the style of the writing and the attitudes now characteristic of the genre. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, is considered synonymous with "private detective", both being played on screen by Humphrey Bogart.

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