RE: RARA-AVIS: Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties: Crider

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 09 May 2002

<<Here's another quotation that some of you will appreciate:
"As Richard Bridgman has recently demonstrated in his book The Colloquial Style in America, the tough style is a form of colloquila style which descends most directly from Mark Twain.">>

I think this is substantially correct. Twain revolutionized writing in America. You can see a before and an after Twain. Just to muddle things a little, or to add to the general hardboiledseasickness in the air*, I would add John Dos Passos as a source of literary toughness, alongside Hemingway. Ellroy follows Dos Passos pretty closely at times...

[*I claim a "special I, the jury prize" for worst metaphor ever]



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