Raymond Chandler’s Little Glass Family


30 times in 30 years they moved. Raymond Chandler and his wife Cissy. The story is from “The Long Embrace”—author Judith Freeman’s brilliant journey to know the Chandlers.

Each time, packing up to head out to another apartment somewhere in or around Los Angeles, Cissy would be in charge of gently wrapping their collection of glass animals. Each had a name. A personality. A family for these two travelers.

And as Chandler went about creating Phillip Marlowe, as he wrote, his tiny glass family would keep watch.

Families in all shapes and sizes.

And surprises. Like the one that comes after the Prine and Goodman Duet.

Surprises like Raymond and Cissy’s little glass family.

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