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Typed letter signed, ("Ray") to Maurice Guinness, Palm Springs, Dec, 24, 1957

Chandler, Raymond

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Two pages, 11 x 8 inches, "Written at Palm Springs" in Chandler's hand at the top of the first page, on blue airmail paper, beneath which Chandler typed (in red ribbon) "I had the original of this in an envelope and stamped, but it disappeared into thin air. Helga says this very clear carbon . is good enough to send. I apologize all the same". The body of the letter is a carbon typescript, with some ink corrections; the signature "Ray" on carbonTo Maurice Guinness. Writing from Palm Springs, where he was working on "Playback," to his literary agent Helga Greene's cousin about a variety of matters, including Dashiell Hammett: "He could not improvise, as a rule. He was a very nice chap to meet, talked as little as possible, and let Horace McCoy (whom I detest) do all the bragging for him. After The Thin Man Alfred Knopf told me that Hammett would never write another book. This up to the moment has been true, but I don't know why. It was probably a stroke of luck for me, much as I regret it". About Helga, somewhat tongue-in-cheek: "We have the same sort of minds and can talk endlessly about all sorts of things. She . washes my socks and gloves (yellow doeskin gets dirty so quickly, mends my clothes, and keeps me in order. I have a very carrying voice and am apt to make sarcastic remarks about people a bit too clearly.We both sneer at each other in a polite way.I have asked her to wear a curl on her forehead and it makes her look so damn young that I am almost, but not quite, alarmed at the difference in our ages, especially when we dance. She is a wonderful shopper and very economical. I know the Guinnesses are very poor people, so this is natural" [They were in fact quite rich].On the verso bottom is a holograph note (original, not carbon) from Helga Greene to the Guinnesses, mentioning that Chandler "has a new Marlowe book 3/4 written.also he wants to write a book at present called 'Cookbook for Idiots' -- but this is a secret.You are not getting a new cousin but R. will be over in England in 1958." Two holes punched in left margin. Bookseller Inventory # 29158

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