Lately I've been really getting into short stories - reading not writing. I've been rereading some Marukami then on the weekend there was an article in the paper on Raymond Chandler.
According to the article, a lot of the sparse style that he's credited with actually came about from his editor rather than his own writing style. There's a book that might be coming out with the original versions of some of his work. I find that kind of thing fascinating, seeing how a story has evolved, being able to pull it apart.