Ross Macdonald: A Biography Book Summary and Study Guide

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Macdonald's real name was Ken Millar, and his background, growing up without a father, influenced much of the psychological underpinnings to his intricate plots.
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Macdonald created the character of Lew Archer, a PI, who lived in southern California.   Noland begins with Macdonald's very humble beginnings, growing up in Canada, and proceeds through the many turns in his life, including his sometimes stormy marriage to Margaret Millar, another writer. Noland shows how Macdonald's real life is entwined in many ways with that his fictional PI.

The book is rich with well sourced quotes from the literary and publishing communities, giving the reader an inside view. The book also includes a section of annotated notes, which are very helpful to the researcher or student of the genre.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White


United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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