In an act of highest praise for one of California’s most important fiction writeres (and fictional characters), Vintage Books has just released a new, authoritative, fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel, The Big Sleep, which introduced the iconic private eye, Philip Marlowe. The detective would be further immortalized by actor Humphrey Bogart in the 1946 film adaptation of the book by director Howard Hawks and by a string of other great film stars, including George Sanders, Dick Powell and Robert Mitchum who also played the hard drinking, chess playing, sharp dressing character in other classic movie performances during Hollywood’s Golden Age and after.
The Temescal Branch Library is proud to present the entire crew of annotators responsible for what should prove to be the definitive edition that will remain as indelible in the canon of noir fiction as is the fictional detective himself: OWEN HILL, the author of two mystery novels, a book of short fiction, and several books of poetry. He has reviewed crime novels for the Los Angeles Times and the East Bay Express. In 2005 he was awarded the Howard Moss residency for poetry at Yaddo. He is currently coediting the “Berkeley Noir” anthology, forthcoming in 2020. He works at Moe’s Books in Berkeley; PAMELA JACKSON, an editor, scholar, and librarian specializing in California literary and cultural history who holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and an MLIS from UCLA. Jackson was coeditor, with Jonathan Lethem, of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick; and ANTHONY DEAN RIZZUTO, professor of English at Sonoma State University, where he teaches (among other things) California ethnic literature and hard-boiled fiction. He is also a bookseller at Moe’s Books in Berkeley. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia.
Copies of the new edition of the Annotated Big Sleep will be available for purchase, courtesy of Moe’s Books in Berkeley.