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The Simple Art of Murder

@inproceedings{Chandler1950TheSA,
  title={The Simple Art of Murder},
  author={Raymond F. Chandler},
  year={1950}
}
Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic. Old fashioned novels which now seem stilted and artificial to the point of burlesque did not appear that way to the people who first read them. The detective story for a variety of reasons can seldom be promoted. It is usually about murder and hence lacks the element of uplift. Murder, which is a frustration of the indi vidual and hence a frustration of the race, may have, and in fact has, a good deal of sociological implication. But it… 

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