Re: RARA-AVIS: Ellroy/Golden Age

From: Jess Nevins (
Date: 02 Sep 2000

Michael Sharp wrote:

> Well, of course Ellroy thinks of the 40s/50s as a golden age; all of us do,
> to some extent, since hardboiled writing was really flourishing then (a
> little earlier as well) and the heroes of the genre were writing then. Now,

This is a different definition of "golden age" than the one I'm used to, obviously. A "golden age" is a time when things were better, and I really don't believe that Ellroy--or most of us, for that matter--think that things were better during the 1940s.

If you mean "golden age" in terms of publishing, sure. But that isn't the context in which the original poster alleged Ellroy's affection for the 1940s and 1950s.


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