The Big Sleep is a novel by Raymond Chandler that was first published in 1939. Explore a plot summary, an in-depth analysis of Philip Marlowe, and important quotes.


Read our full plot summary and analysis of The Big Sleep, chapter by chapter break-downs, and more.


See a complete list of the characters in The Big Sleep and in-depth analyses of Philip Marlowe, Eddie Mars, and Carmen Sternwood.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in The Big Sleep, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of the book by reading these key quotes.


Get ready to ace your The Big Sleep paper with our suggested essay topics and mini essays.

Further Study

Go further in your study of The Big Sleep with background information and links to the best resources around the web.


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