If his books would have benefited from Chandler being happier is unknowable but he would have benefitted. I think a lot of people love the spectacle of bad boy self-destruction in the books. See the last paragraph above. But I'll have to read their alleged thinking and I really don't much want to. Especially such people as the dope who went nuts yesterday. For the lowest level of kulcha vulchas I don't think it's about much of anything except the fear at seeing my violation of the mandatory, required POV . If I want that, I'll go over to Duncan's place. It's the house ideology there.
Update: Oh, stop. you're making me feel too smug. Here I tell you my base motives and everything and you still can't stop with the stupid.
Update 2: That's one of the problems with your kind of smattering of ignorance, Edmund Wilson, while a dupe of communism during the 1930s, was never a communist himself. And, after his trip to the Soviet Union he, like such others as Andre Gide learned, first hand, that it was a totalitarian fascist hell hole and that the same Stalin who American commies like your heroes praised, propagandized and spied for, was the worst of the Czars. By the time he'd written the frippery I quoted - in nothing like complete agreement - he was an anti-communist, which you might have guessed if a. you had any background knowledge instead of the non-knowledge you've gotten from your Hollywood based non-education and b. if you'd bothered to read the link where he makes a offhand remark about how he was getting the kind of flack from commies that I get from kulcha vulchas of the most vulgar variety.