Chandler, Raymond Thornton
- William Marling
Chandler, Raymond Thornton (23 July 1888–26 March 1959), detective novelist, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Maurice Benjamin Chandler, a railroad engineer, and Florence Dart Thornton. Chandler lived in Nebraska until age seven, when his father disappeared. His mother took him to live with her Irish relations outside London. After an exceptional public school education at Dulwich College, Chandler took civil service exams. Among 600 candidates, he placed first in classics and third overall. His reward, a clerkship in the British Admiralty, did not agree with him, and he took up poetry writing and book reviewing for small journals. A die-hard romantic, he disparaged realism and was apparently unaware of avant-garde writing....