Friday, October 19, 2007

The Archer Defense

[Ross Macdonald to Gerald Walker]

Nov. 26, 1973.

I hope you weren't upset by my being upset about Chandler, but it was important at the time that on the occasion of the publication of The Moving Target, Chandler should have written to James Sandoe, then the top mystery critic in the US., cancelling me out as a "literary eunuch." I can still read Chandler with (diminishing) pleasure but will never write about him, being unwilling to subject myself to the painful discipline of being fair to him when he, for his part, subjected himself on my behalf to no moral discipline at all.

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