In his amazingly complete biography of Macdonald, Tom Nolan notes that the
author later misquoted himself, saying that "We call came out from Hammett's
overcoat." I suppose this may have been an early sign of the condition that
did him in.
Posted by: "Lawrence William Coates" firstname.lastname@example.org lorenzocoates
Thu Dec 3, 2009 8:28 am (PST)
MacDonald is obviously playing with the famous quote (attributed to
Dostoevsky) "We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat'"
I like the analogy, though. And I've enjoyed lately the threads for the
titles of some south of the border noir to look up.
On 12/3/09 9:07 AM, "Juri Nummelin" <email@example.com> wrote:
"We all came out from under Hammett's black mask." ? Ross MacDonald
Has anyone ever done a caricature of this, with Chandler, Macdonald,
Spillane and others crawling out under of a black mask, held by Dashiell
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