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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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The Philip Marlowe Novels

The Philip Marlowe Novels

(p.122) 5 The Philip Marlowe Novels
War Noir

Sarah Trott

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter five reconsiders Chandler’s own war experience to show that Marlowe, like his creator, displayed symptoms of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Examining the novels for these manifestations, Marlowe’s symptoms appear to fall into the three separate symptom-related categorizations of PTSD. This chapter will also demonstrate how the game of chess becomes a metaphor for the city of Los Angeles that enables the troubled detective to locate himself within a structured and orderly environment. Marlowe reassess and reviews his own case-related actions and dealings by evaluating his movements on the chessboard.

Keywords:   Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe, PTSD, Chess, Los Angeles

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