Raymond Chandler

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Birth Name: Raymond Chandler
Born: 07/23/1888
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death Place: San Diego, California, USA
Died: 03/26/1959

Raymond Thornton Chandler was born in Chicago, IL on July 23, 1888 to Florence Thornton and Maurice Chandler. Shortly after he was born, the small family moved to Plattsmouth, NE to be near members of Florence's extended Irish-immigrant family. It was also around this time that Chandler's father, a railway engineer and chronic alcoholic, abandoned his wife and young son. Having no means with which to support herself and Raymond, Florence chose to return to her native Ireland in 1895. Her inglorious arrival earned Florence only the scorn of her judgmental family members, with whom she stayed for a time in Waterford, Ireland before taking her son to South London, where a well-to-do uncle of Ra... Continue Bio >>

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