Philip Marlowe

Philip Marlowe is a fictional character created by Raymond Chandler in a series of novels including The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. Marlowe first appeared under that name in The Big Sleep published in 1939. Chandler's early short stories, published in pulp magazines like Black Mask and Dime Detective, featured similar characters with names like "Carmady" and "John Dalmas". Some of those short stories were later combined and expanded into novels featuring Marlowe, a process Chandler called "cannibalizing". When the non-cannibalized stories were republished years later in the short story collection The Simple Art of Murder, Chandler changed the names of the protagonists to Philip Marlowe. His first two stories, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot" and "Smart-Aleck Kill" with a detective named Mallory were never altered in print but did join the others as Marlowe cases for the television series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye.

Philip Marlowe's character is foremost within the genre of hardboiled crime fiction that originated in the 1920s, notably in Black Mask magazine, in which Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op and Sam Spade first appeared.

Underneath the wisecracking, hard drinking, tough private eye, Marlowe is quietly contemplative and philosophical and enjoys chess and poetry. While he is not afraid to risk physical harm, he does not dish out violence merely to settle scores. Morally upright, he is not fooled by the genre's usual femmes fatales, such as Carmen Sternwood in The Big Sleep.

Chandler's treatment of the detective novel exhibits an effort to develop the form. His first full length book, The Big Sleep, was published when Chandler was 51; his last, Playback at 70. Seven novels were produced in the last two decades of his life, with an eighth being posthumously completed by Robert B. Parker and published years later.

Read more about Philip Marlowe:  Inspiration, Biographical Notes, Influences and Adaptations

Other articles related to "philip marlowe, marlowe":

The BBC Presents: Philip Marlowe
... The BBC Presents Philip Marlowe was a series of BBC radio drama adaptations of novels by Raymond Chandler that ran from 1977 to 1978, and again in 1988 ... show adapted six out of the seven of Chandlers novels starring Philip Marlowe, played by Ed Bishop ...
Raymond Chandler - Life As A Writer
... magazine in 1933 his first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939, featuring his famous Philip Marlowe detective character speaking in the first person ... His second Marlowe novel, Farewell, My Lovely (1940), became the basis for three movie versions adapted by other screenwriters, including 1944's Murder My Sweet (which marked the screen debut ... of San Diego, where Chandler wrote the final two Philip Marlowe novels, The Long Goodbye and his last completed work, Playback ...
Philip Marlowe - Marlowe Bibliography - Videogame Adaptations
... Philip Marlowe Private Eye, Byron Preiss (developer), Simon Schuster (publisher), 1 January 1997 ...
Gunsmoke - Radio Version
... Paley, a fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West." Robinson ...

Famous quotes containing the words marlowe and/or philip:

    All women are ambitious naturallie,
    —Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)

    Thy necessity is yet greater than mine.
    —Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)