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Raymond Chandler's Lasting Influence on Detective Fiction

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reflects on the literary legacy of the hard-boiled novelist, who was born one hundred years ago. She says Chandler's writing had an existentialist bent, and that Chandler may have been dismayed by the recent crop of politically-minded mystery novels, which feature gay and women detectives.

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Other segments from the episode on December 28, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 28, 1988: Interview with Duane Michals; Review of a CD release of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" and Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet"; Interview with Signe…

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