Re: RARA-AVIS: Women Writing Pulps?

Bill Hagen (
Sat, 3 Apr 1999 20:19:08 -0600 (CST) Greg Swan wrote,
>Craig Rice was published before Dorothy B. Hughes. I haven't read her
>earlier stuff and so can't opine as to how hardboiled it was/is. Some of
>her novels are hardboiled...[SNIP]

Thanks Greg.

My short history of the pulps (Dime Detectives) doesn't mention her; the
1946 anthology, The Art of the Mystery Story, ed. by Howard Haycraft, and,
later, Julian Symons characterized her as writing "crime comedy." But I'd
be the first to admit that these are not extensive sources.

So far, then, she and Leigh Brackett are on my list to check.

For those just tuning in, the question I tossed out had to do with whether
any women, using their own names or pseudonyms, were writing hard-boiled
fiction in pulps or novels before 1940.

Bill Hagen

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