Hard Cover. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing (this UK edition precedes the US edition). Publisher's maroon cloth, stamped in silver to spine; in the original green pictorial dust jacket designed by Fritz Wegner. About fine book with light creasing to spine ends, a few light bumps to board edges, and a touch of offsetting to endpapers; very good unclipped dust jacket with slight chipping to spine ends ("Hamilton" is partially affected at foot of spine), horizontal crease to lower portion of front panel, short split to tail of front flap hinge, a few nicks to edges, and light soiling to rear panel. Overall, a handsome copy. Bruccoli A10.1.a The Long Good-Bye is the sixth Philip Marlowe mystery and is considered one of Chandler's more autobiographical texts; while he drew on personal experiences as inspirations for many of his novels, Chandler wrote this novel while his wife was dying and references many of his insecurities related to her illness and his own alcoholism throughout the text. In letters to Jamie Hamilton, Chandler's publisher, he wrote of The Long Good-Bye: "The book is a bit longer than LS [The Little Sister] but I don't think I care. I was not writing for speed. I'm bored stiff with the edge of the chair stuff, and much prefer in these times the flat-on-the-back-on-a-comfortable-couch-with-pipe kind of thing" (21 May 1952). Unlike Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op and Sam Spade, who are widely considered the archetypal hard-boiled detective figures, Marlowe possesses a sensitivity underneath his tough exterior that distinguishes him from similar detective characters in the genre. Chandler gave The Long Good-Bye a few re-writes, writing about his Marlowe character: "It begins to look as though I were tied to this fellow for life. I simply can't function without him" (14 July 1951).