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

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 12 Apr 2000

Tribe 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."

Could you be talking about You Can't Win by Jack Black, the 1926 autobiography of Black's life of crime? It is impressive and a very clear influence on "William Lee." According to Amazon, it was recently reprinted by AK Press with an intro by Burroughs.


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