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Old 09-10-2012, 09:40 AM   #6
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Bump.

Chandler wrote the book, and was still well and truly alive when it was published in 1958. In one of his letters to Helga Greene he comments on its success in the UK.

The one he started after that, but never completed, was "Poodle Springs."

Playback is not good Chandler, but that's no surprise. He had been an alcoholic much of his adult life, but had managed it fairly well; after the death of his wife Cissy he attempted suicide. From then on he slid into clinical depression and long bouts of drinking, during which he managed to write Playback. Its amazing it was written at all, and its easy to understand why it isn't good Chandler.
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