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Item 497 - Raymond Chandler Catalog 585 (Jun 2020)

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TLS signed “Ray,” one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, July 28, 1947. Letter to literary agent H. N. Swanson, in part: "I do not see any point in your having any publishers call me up at the present time. There is really nothing that I can say to them, and nothing to be gained by the sort of meaningless conversation that goes on over the telephone in such cases. As to the King Features deal, if this involves my trying to write material for a comic strip, you may as well forget it. I wouldn't know how to do it, and I wouldn't do it if I did know how. It may be that the character, or supposed character, of Philip Marlowe has been exploited on a low enough level already. If we go on any further, he may become a Man of Distinction, on his way to the gutter, and end up as a trade name for some kind of new contraceptive. I am not really that ambitious for him…I am enclosing a letter from a man named Richard Summers, who is bringing out a textbook to be entitled 'The Craft of the Short Story.' In this, he wants to include a story of mine called 'I'll Be Waiting'…I am willing for him to have the story on the terms he suggests, if you agree. I do not, however, intend to follow his idea of writing several hundred words 'to follow your story, directed to the aspiring writer.' I am still an aspiring writer myself. Mr. Cain may think he knows it all, but I don't." In fine condition.

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