Where Jeeves meets a hard-boiled detective: P.G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler

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Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946). By National Motion Picture Council [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One prefers, of course, on all occasions to be stainless and above reproach, but, failing that, the next best thing is unquestionably to have got rid of the body.

P.G. Wodehouse (Joy in the Morning)

Raymond Chandler was born on this day, 23 July 1888.

Chandler wrote ‘hard-boiled’ detective fiction, including classics like The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. His fictional detective Philip Marlowe was famously played on screen by Humphrey Bogart.

P.G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler were both educated at Dulwich College in London’s South, which today has libraries named after both authors.

David Cannadine explored the connection between them this Point of View article (via BBC News): ‘Where Jeeves meets a hard-boiled detective‘.

The anniversary of Chandler’s birth seemed a fitting occasion to share it with you.

Enjoy!

HP

“You are evidently fond of mystery plays.”

“I love them.”

“So do I. And mystery novels?”

“Oh, yes!”

“Have you read Blood on the Banisters?”

“Oh, yes! I thought it was much better than Severed Throats.”

“So did I,” said Cyril. “Much better. Brighter murders, subtler detectives, crisper clues … better in every way.”

The two twin souls gazed into each other’s eyes. There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.

P.G. Wodehouse (Strychnine in the Soup, Mulliner Nights)

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9 thoughts on “Where Jeeves meets a hard-boiled detective: P.G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler

      1. I raced to my Ratcliffe and McCrum to see how things stood between Plum and Chandler. Turns out that they had a connection through Plum’s old school chum, Bill Townend, who kept up a correspondence with Chandler and, according to McCrum, Townend occasionally quoted one to the other. This led me to Performing Flea — five references. Plum liked Chandler’s work, which I suppose everyone remembers except me. Farewell, my lovelies.

      2. Thanks Noel.
        I am very grateful — not having my trusty McCrum etc. to hand, I couldn’t be sure. I am not surprised to hear Plum was a fan.
        I started on Hammet’s pot boilers a few years ago, but was so disappointed that I didn’t explore any further into the genre (although I love the film adaptations).
        Must get around to reading Chandler one of these days.
        Pip pip, old chum!

  1. George P. Smith

    My suggestion is to read Chandler’s “English Summer”: there’s a lot of Old England Blandings-esque (dark) atmosphere there.

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