A Raymond Chandler Chronology

Youth (1870 - 1912) | America & Oil (1912-1932) | Pulp Fiction (1933-1938) | Early Novels (1939-1944)

1939

January

"The Lady in the Lake" published in Dime Detective

February 6

Publication of The Big Sleep by Alfred A. Knopf

March 13

Begins work on The Lady in the Lake

March 16

Chandler writes plan for future work: three detective novels then a non-mystery project

April

Puts aside The Lady in the Lake, begins Farewell, My Lovely

May

The Chandlers rent a cabin near Big Bear Lake. Works briefly on The Lady in the Lake

May

The Chandlers rent a cabin near Big Bear Lake. Works briefly on The Lady in the Lake

June

Returns to Farewell, My Lovely

September 15

Finishes first draft of Farewell, My Lovely

September 20

Offers to volunteer for Candian Army; is rejected

December

Moves to La Jolla, California, for the winter

1940

Leaves La Jolla, settles in Arcadia, California

April 30

Finishes revisions of Farewell, My Lovely

Summer

Moves to Big Bear Lake