Fwd: Re(2): RARA-AVIS: Spenser....

From: Jeff Evans ( Jeff_Evans@umit.maine.edu)
Date: 13 Dec 2000

Parker wrote a Ph.D. dissertation entitled "The Violent Hero, Wilderness Heritage and the Urban Reality: A Study of the Private Eye in the Novels of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald" (Boston Univ., 1970). It's really pretty good reading, tracing the hardboiled detective type back to antecedents in 19th-century American literature. And my memory is that he named Spenser (with an s) after Marlowe (with an e) playing off the Renaissance writers.



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