RARA-AVIS: Non-hardboiled Holmes

From: marianne.macdonald@lineone.net
Date: 08 Sep 2001

>And the exaltation of
>pure intellect puts his stories squarely in the
>"classic tradition" of mystery fiction. It was Holmes
>and, to an even greater degree, his ilk (Philo Vance,
>Hercule Poirot, Roderick Alleyn, etc., etc. etc.) that
>the original hardboiled writers were reacting to.
>They weren't following the Holmes tradition. They
>were breaking away from it.

I do think this is right.

Surely, surely Holmes illustrates something of the difference between noir and hardboiled? I've always thought of him as the product of a new 19th century pipular fascination with science + a nice old-fashioned love of the Gothic.

But anyway I keep asking myself, reading this discussion, whether it's POSSIBLE to have hard-boiled without having previously had (1) cowboy and
(2) Hemingway?


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