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  1. Marlowe, Philip Marlowe(noun)

    tough cynical detective (one of the early detective heroes in American fiction) created by Raymond Chandler


  1. Philip Marlowe

    Philip Marlowe is a fictional character created by Raymond Chandler in a series of novels including The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Goodbye. A private detective based in Los Angeles, Marlowe first appeared under that name in The Big Sleep published in 1939. Chandler's early short stories, published in pulp magazines like Black Mask and Dime Detective, featured similar characters with names like "Carmady" and "John Dalmas." Some of those short stories were later combined and expanded into novels featuring Marlowe, a process Chandler called "cannibalizing". When the non-cannibalized stories were republished years later in the short story collection The Simple Art of Murder, Chandler changed the names of the protagonists to Philip Marlowe. His first two stories, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot" and "Smart-Aleck Kill", were never altered in print but did join the others as Marlowe cases for the television series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye. Marlowe's character is foremost within the genre of hardboiled crime fiction that originated in the 1920s, notably in Black Mask magazine, in which Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op and Sam Spade first appeared.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Philip Marlowe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Philip Marlowe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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