Monday, April 6, 2009

In search of Chandler dust jackets . . .

Anna Kelly, an editorial assistant at Penguin Books UK, has an interesting blog post about trying to track down first English edition dust jackets for five of Chandler's novels, which the firm is reissuing with replicas of the original jackets.

The initial plan called for releasing four of the novels in the throwback editions: The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, The Little Sister, and The Long Good-bye. The Lady in the Lake was added later as it looked like they might not be able to turn up all four of the original picks, but once they did turn up all four (sort of) they decided to keep it in the run. Which means, of course, that The High Window and Playback are the ugly ducklings.

Thanks to Shane Mawe for the tip!

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