Thursday, March 12, 2009

Subdued Magic

I'd like to introduce you to the man who is writing the latest (and hopefully greatest) Raymond Chandler biography: Tom Williams. As you'll see, Tom is from the UK, which is entirely appropriate since Chandler's parents were of Irish/English stock, and although Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois, he grew up and was educated in the UK.

Tom's book is due to be published in the UK by Aurum Press in 2010 and the working title is Subdued Magic: A Life of Raymond Chandler. Hopefully a US publisher will also be picking up the title.

He's has been blogging about the process of researching and writing the book here, and he is currently ensconced at the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA, which I wrote about in an earlier post.

He happened across my blog as result of Google searches for Black Mask magazine cover images and was kind enough to write and introduce himself.

You can check out one of Tom's reviews of crime fiction for the London Observer here. Even from that small sample, you can already tell he knows his Chandler!


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