Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Favorite Op caper

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 10 Oct 2002

Could the high quality of Hammett's pulp stories have anything to do with his sparse production? Sparse relative to writing machines like Erle Stanley Gardner and Max Brand, that is.

I notice that Whitfield, another first-rate writer, was not especially prolific. And of course, neither was Chandler.

I was thinking about this while rereading top-second-drawer writers like Nebel, Carroll John Daly and Robert Leslie Bellem. While all three had obvious natural talent as storytellers, you can see that commercialism and formulae got the better of them.

The real mystery is Fredric Brown, in whom quality was not impaired by quantity.



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