Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: "Watching the Detectives" on Chandler/Marlowe

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 21 Jul 2000

Kip wrote:

"Faulkner's SANCTUARY probably caught the attention of a few proto-hardboilers when it appeared, but his biggest contribution to the noir/mystery/crime/hardboiled/pulp/whatever genre was through his work on screenplays like TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, MILDRED PIERCE, and THE BIG SLEEP."

So, given that Faulkner clearly read (or had to read) some hardboiled in his Hollywood days, did hardboiled have any influence on his style?

By the way, I had an English professor at the University of Maryland, C.C. Mish, the same one Pelecanos cites as having turned him on to hardboiled fiction, who argued that Chase's No Orchids for Miss Blandish was a rip-off of Faulkner's Sanctuary.


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