Re: RARA-AVIS: Last Minute Nominations

From: George Upper (
Date: 23 Apr 2002

--- JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:
> Daly didn't have the raw talent and
> genuine toughness of Hammett (whom he beat into
> print
> by just a few months), nor the gift for language of
> Chandler, nor the ability to grow and learn of
> Gardner, but there's no denying that he was the
> first
> of the "BLACK MASK boys," and his fingerprints have
> been and will be on every piece of hard-boiled crime
> fiction ever written.

I'm still behind the times, obviously, but thanks for nominating these guys, Jim. Daly was a better thinker than he generally gets credit for, IMHO--or, at least, that's what I try to demonstrate in my essays on him. I think, honestly, that he bit off more than he could chew--he had great ideas for things to be written, but couldn't quite write them.


===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal

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