CHANDLER, RAYMOND.  1888-1959.
Lot 1277
Sold for US$ 5,490 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Typed Letter Signed ("Ray"), 1 p, 4to, La Jolla, February 26, 1952, to Edgar Carter, on personal letterhead, light creasing, otherwise fine.

Chandler writes a letter to his agent agonizing over whether or not to license the Philip Marlowe character for a television series: "I do know that I'm not interested in speculating with some refugee from P.R.C. and getting some miserable hack show on the air that may last thirteen weeks with luck, and in so doing destroy whatever appeal there may be in the character of Philip Marlowe ... In television so far, except for an occasional one-shot, we're dealing with the wrong kind of people--office men and the sharpshooters on the fringe. We should be dealing with the producers, the people who are going to make the show and who know how the show should be made ....A film company at least pays you. They may shelve what they buy, they may ruin it, they may make it ridiculous in half a dozen ways. But at least they pay for it."
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