RARA-AVIS: Ross Macdonald again

Jiro Kimura (jkimura@nsknet.or.jp)
Sun, 7 Mar 1999 21:48:25 +0900 >I'm enjoying them very much! Perhaps you mistook me for the person who
>has the book? I don't, but after Jiro's mention I'll probably get the
>William Denton

I think Bill surely said it in jest, because Tom Nolan's Ross Macdonald
(NOT MacDonald) biography is not likely to be reissued in paperback. Very
few biographies of mystery writers are reissued in paperback. None of the
three major Hammett biographies are in paperback, except Diane Johnson's
biography in trade paperback reprint. Frank MacShane's Chandler biography
has not been reprinted in paperback, I guess, even though its review hit
the front page of the New York Times Book Review.

Nolan's Macdonald biography mentions the so-called "Macdonald conspiracy"
by William Goldman and John Leonard. Macdonald may be overrated in his
later years, but I think this may conpensate him with his earlier
("pre-conspiracy") underrated years.

Jiro Kimura
Jiro Kimura
Kanazawa, JAPAN
e-mail: jkimura@nsknet.or.jp
The Gumshoe Site (http://www.nsknet.or.jp/~jkimura/)

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