Re: RARA-AVIS: Crumley, Hugo, Carver

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 14 Jul 2000

Hugo and Crumley were definitely friends, and Crumley always confirmed his admiration for Hugo, not only as a poet, but also as the writer of a one only novel: DEATH AND THE GOOD LIFE It's a mystery novel, but not really Noir/HB I think. This book had a very good reputation (at least in Europe)and I just found a copy in a local library, after a long time search for it. So I hope to be able to make my own evaluation soon.

I read somewhere, that there are nowadays less writers in Missoula and surroundings, as if it was due to the closure of most of the best bars in town. And from a connoisseurs' opinion the only good one left is
"Charlie's" - Crumley's favorite...

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

--- Mario Taboada <> wrote:
> <<In any case, I'd also like to toss out the
> question: hasn't Crumley
> mentioned he was influenced by the poet Richard Hugo
> as well (whom, I
> believe, taught at Iowa for awhile)? Any comments
> on this connection?>>
> Yes. He has written eloquently about Hugo, who was a
> mentor to him. I think
> they were close friends. Muddy Fork was published by
> a small firm out of
> Missoula, Montana. It's an interesting collection.
> Regards,
> MrT

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