In February 2005 Chorion acquired all rights to the fictional works of Raymond Chandler, best known as the author of the Philip Marlowe series of detective novels.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) set the style for the mainstream of American crime fiction, penning seven completed novels featuring world-weary private eye Philip Marlowe, including The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely and The Long Goodbye. He also wrote several dozen short stories and a number of lauded screenplays, two of which (Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia), were nominated for Academy Awards.
Chandler also had some influential admirers. He was lauded by Evelyn Waugh as the greatest living American novelist and the poet W.H. Auden said Chandlerís writing should not be judged as escapist literature but as art.
"I see him always in a lonely street, in lonely rooms, puzzled but never quite defeated," wrote Raymond Chandler about his most famous fictional creation.
Los Angeles private detective Philip Marlowe is one of one the classic characters of hard-boiled detective fiction. Essentially a loner, he is cynical yet idealistic, likes liquor and women and is educated enough that he boasts he can speak English if required to.
Marlowe has been portrayed by stars of the calibre of Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and Powers Boothe on both the big and small screens.