RE: RARA-AVIS: Re:Hammett & Chandler & Burroughs/Black Mask Hard Boiled

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 12 Apr 2000

I'm not sure if this is the same book you're talking about, but out of coincidence I just bought Jack Black's YOU CAN'T WIN, the bestselling 1926 memoir of a hobo and small-time hood. According to the back cover, it had a big influence on the young Burroughs.


--- John & Carrie <> wrote:
> As for Burroughs, while I'm one of those who don't
> consider him to be within
> the hard boiled tradition (notwithstanding the very
> hardboiled Junky and
> Queer), in all fairness I do recall a mention in his
> biography (Literary
> Outlaw?) that he was very much influenced by a
> particular pulp writer whose
> name I forget.

===== Doug Bassett

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