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War NoirRaymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction$
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Sarah Trott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808646

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.001.0001

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Chandler and the American War Writers

Chandler and the American War Writers

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War Noir

Sarah Trott

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter three considers the relationship between detective fiction and war fiction and the impact of one style upon the other to create a ‘war noir’. Taking examples from renowned World War One novels, it will demonstrate that the same disillusionment and despair prevalent in the work of the renowned Lost Generation is equally prevalent in Chandler’s novels. Reading his novels as a convergence of the war novel and crime fiction, one can reconsider Chandler’s work as a legitimate representation of society and the trauma of war.

Keywords:   Raymond Chandler, Detective fiction, Lost Generation, World War One, War trauma

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