Re: RARA-AVIS: Blurb

blumenidiot (
Sat, 16 Jan 1999 23:24:28 -0600 MTreflected,

>Today, I would not say that Macdonald is in the same class as the other
>two, though there was a time when I believed the blurb and, apparently,
>so did a lot of other critics. The passage of time can be harsh.

You're right. It works both ways. In 1971 0r 1972 Mac Donald was a Newsweek
cover story. I think his newest book was the lead review of the NY Times
around that time. He's largely forgotten today. Critic Edmond Wilson
thoroughly panned Hammett in the '30's, and now Hammett is studied in
colleges .
Mark Blumenthal

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