Raymond Chandler speaking
First edition (UK)
AuthorRaymond Chandler; edited by Dorothy Gardiner and Kathrine Sorley Walker
CountryUnited States
GenreLiterary criticism
PublisherHamish Hamilton (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Publication date
Media typePrint
813/.52 B 20
LC ClassPS3505.H3224 Z47 1997

Raymond Chandler Speaking is a collection of excerpts from letters, notes, essays and an unfinished novel by the writer Raymond Chandler, compiled by Dorothy Gardiner and Kathrine Sorley Walker in 1962.[1] The origins of the collection were contentious: after Chandler's death, his literary agent and lover, Helga Greene, and his private secretary, Jean Fracasse, entered into a legal battle over his estate, in which Greene prevailed.[2]


The collection includes excerpts from letters by Chandler on various subjects, including literature, film, fellow writers and cats, and the following longer pieces (previously unpublished except as noted):


  1. ^ Gardiner, Dorothy; Walker, Kathrine Sorley (eds.) (1962, 1997²). Raymond Chandler Speaking. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20835-8.
  2. ^ "Kathrine Sorley Walker, dance critic – obituary". Daily Telegraph. April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Blades, John (March 1, 1991). "Marlowe's Mean Streets: Tracking the Man Who Filled Raymond Chandler's Shoes". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved March 4, 2010.