25 Chandlerisms to Celebrate the Crime Fiction Icon

Call it hyperbole, an analogy, a metaphor, or a simile — but when it comes to reading the work of The Big Sleep novelist Raymond Chandler, we call it Chandlerisms. The author and screenwriter, born on this day, was full of snappy one-liners that made him — and his most famous character, private detective Philip Marlowe — a pulp fiction icon. Remember the best Chandlerisms, below.