Hard Cover. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1954. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First American edition, first printing. Publisher's two-toned blue and green cloth, lettered in dark green to front board and spine, top edge stained dark blue; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Walter H. Lorraine. About fine book with a tiny bump to lower rear board and a touch of rubbing to spine ends; near fine unclipped dust jacket with unfaded spine, light wear to spine ends, slight wear along front jacket flap hinge, and a few very short closed tears to panel edges. Overall, a striking copy. Housed in a custom slipcase. Bruccoli A10.2.a. The Long Goodbye 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 much of his insecurities related to her illness and his own alcoholism throughout the text. In letters to Jamie Hamilton, Chandler's British publisher, he wrote of The Long Goodbye: "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 Goodbye a few rewrites, 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).