RARA-AVIS: Hollywood novels

Jeff Evans (Jeff_Evans@umit.maine.edu)
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 07:33:03 -0400 With this discussion starting, I'd like to remind the group of Edmund
Wilson's still-interesting essay , "The Boys in the Back Room,"
collected in A LITERARY CHRONICLE: 1920-1950.

It focuses in general on tough-guy writers (c. l940) but in particular
on California writers and novels of Hollywood, including those by
Cain,McCoy, and Hans Otto Storm. It concludes with an eloquent
postscript covering West and Fitzgerald's LAST TYCOON.

LITTLE SISTER had yet to be written, but Wilson's treatment does
pre-figure another California writer, Ross Macdonald.

Jeff Evans
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