Books From the Dept of Blind Love
posted by November 12 at 15:14 PMon
Regarding Raymond Chandler and his first wife:
“Cissy was a raging beauty, a strawberry blonde with skin I used to love to touch,” Chandler would say later. “I don’t know how I ever managed to get her.” It took awhile: Cissy, twice-married, a former New York model who liked to do housework in the nude, kept him at arm’s length at first.
Cissy and Chandler didn’t marry until 1924, when Chandler’s motherówith whom he’d been livingódied at last from an agonizing cancer. Only then, or a little later, did Chandler learn that Cissy was not eight years older than him, as he’d thought, but eighteen. He was 35, and he’d married a woman of 53.