RE: RARA-AVIS: Origin of "Hard-boiled"

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 21 Aug 2002

Jack Bludis said: The earliest work that I remember coming across it was Hemingway in THE SUN ALSO RISES, 1926.

***************** I think somebody credited Twain with coining the phrase, but origins are often hard to determine.

Evidently the word was getting fairly popular by the end of the 20's. Race Williams declares himself hardboiled twice within the first 50 pages of Daly's THE SNARL OF THE BEAST, which came out in 1927.


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