Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler's opinion of James M Cain

From: Anthony Smith (
Date: 11 Nov 2000

>Does anyone have an opinion on this? I think Cain was right when he said
>"I think my stories have some quality of the opening of a forbidden box,
>and it
>is this, rather than the violence, sex, ... that gives them the drive so
>often noticed."

I think Chandler seemed to be snobbish about pretty much everyone, even people he liked, for example, Hammett. Esecially interesting is his lashing out at Ross Macdonald (in Tom Nolan's bio of RM). I'd read the quote about Cain before, but have also read that he and Cain knew each other somewhat, weren't so awful to each other. Am I wrong on that? Can't remember where I read it.

And of the big three, I think Cain comes out on top in my opinion.

Neil Smith

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