Ted Malvern/Ted Carmady
Created by Raymond Chandler

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TED MALVERN's only appearance was in the pulp story "Guns at Cyrano's" which first appeared in Black Mask in the Novmber 1935 issue. Chandler changed Malvern's name to TED CARMADY, when the story was collected in the The Simple Art of Murder. Most of the detective character name's in other stories were changed to Philip Marlowe (This made commercial sense, since Marlowe was the character he was best known for, and, in this way, Houghton Miflin could promote the book as a collection of Marlowe stories, which, judging from the dust jacket description of the book in its earlier editions, is exactly what they did). This particular name change has misled people into mistakenly thinking that the single-named Carmady in several Black Mask stories was named Ted Carmady.

I suspect Chandler decided to change Malvern and Mallory's names (Mallory was another of his pulp characters) because it was too similar to "Marlowe" (Chandler seemed to have a thing for those M-A-L names).

Other names Chandler used for his loner P.I. hero include John Dalmas and John Evans.


Respectfully submitted by Jim Doherty.

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