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Hardboiled mystery writers : Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald : a literary reference

Author: Matthew J Bruccoli; Richard Layman
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Carroll & Graf trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"The action is violent, the characters are tough, the atmosphere's dark, the speech colloquial, and the voice of the author, whatever his origins or background, authentically American. Indeed, it has been claimed that hard-boiled crime fiction, which captured the national imagination in the bitter, hard-bitten 1930s and flourished for more than several decades thereafter, comprises the only endemically American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bio-bibliography
Biography
Named Person: Raymond Chandler; Dashiell Hammett; Ross Macdonald; Raymond Chandler; Dashiell Hammett; Ross Macdonald
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew J Bruccoli; Richard Layman
ISBN: 0786710292 9780786710294
OCLC Number: 50171253
Notes: "A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book"--Cover.
Description: xi, 326 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Responsibility: edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Richard Layman.
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"The action is violent, the characters are tough, the atmosphere's dark, the speech colloquial, and the voice of the author, whatever his origins or background, authentically American. Indeed, it has been claimed that hard-boiled crime fiction, which captured the national imagination in the bitter, hard-bitten 1930s and flourished for more than several decades thereafter, comprises the only endemically American literary prose. Certainly, in the work of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Ross Macdonald, which featured maverick, tough-minded private eyes like Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Lew Archer, emerges a distinctively American, and proletarian, kind of hero for whom the lawless frontier of an earlier era has become the asphalt jungle. Amply illustrated with personal photographs and with reproductions of manuscript pages, letters, print ads, movie promotions, dust jackets, and paperback covers, this volume provides a documentary chronicle of the life beyond and the work behind the creation of some of the most masterly detective novels in popular American literature. Correspondence and interviews record the literary objectives of Chandler, Hammett, and Macdonald as well as their responses to judgments of their work in reviews of their books and the movies based on them. A generous selection of the reviews themselves both provide the evaluations of influential contemporary critics - among them, the distinguished writer Eudora Welty, who initiated a reappraisal of the entire Macdonald canon - and conjure the larger literary climate of the times. Here, then, is a rich and wide variety of engaging resources by which to view afresh a singularly American literary phenomenon"--Back cover.

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