RARA-AVIS: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

EJM Duggan (ejmd@cwcom.net)
Fri, 02 Apr 1999 13:13:48 +0000 On Thu, 1 Apr 1999, "Frank Glenewinkel" <frank.glenewinkel@Uni-Koeln.DE>

> Bill Crider <abc@wt.net> wrote:
> > I'm a big fan of KISS TOMORROW GOOD-BYE, in either of
> > its versions. (I read the longer one first, before I
> > knew that it was published earlier in a shorter form.)

Looking through the McCoy pamphlet (Western Writers Series #51) I see
there are two versions of _They Shoot Horses, Don't They?_

There was a short story version of "TSH,DT?" in 1932, and the novel
version appeared in 1935. Apparently, critics of the novel thought it
derivative of James M. Cain's 1934 TPART [the discussion in the pamphlet
seeks to address this by establishing McCoy's chronology].

I would imagine something similar was the case with KTG-B, or maybe it
was serialised in a pulp, as was the case most of Hammett's novels.


PS: Looking in Nolan's _The Black Mask Boys_ there's no mention of a
revision of _TSH,DT?_, but there *is* mention of a revision of _No
Pockets In A Shroud_.

Seems McCoy bibliographica is pretty complex ;-).

PPS: DHS [SNIP the digest ... not!] lol 8~)


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