Re: RARA-AVIS: nightmare alley

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 14 Jul 2002

Bill Hagen said:
> Guess my thesis is that the Depression widened the appeal of crime/noir
> fiction, so it seems natural that the social and political solutions of
> era should thread their way in the fiction as well.

yup. i agree. the crime noir library of america collection i mentioned had three from the 30's, cain's _the postman always rings twice_, anderson's
_thieves like us_, and mccoy's _they shoot horses, don't they?_. they all show a strong influence from the depression.

i'm thinking that perhaps the lawlessness of the prohibition era might have been another situation where real life effected crime/noir fiction.

combine the financial desperation of the depression and prohibition's ro- manticized role of the criminal, and noir starts looking like art imitating life. at least in an oversimplified way.


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