RARA-AVIS: And for November!!!

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 17 Nov 2002

What a great decade the 30s were for hardboiled and noir. Just mentioning th titles brings goose bumps . . . alought I admit that I have never heard of the first four authroths mentioned. I guess you had to be there.

Nov 2002: 1930-1939
   Raoul Whitfield's GREEN ICE (1930), Paul Cain's FAST ONE (1932),
   Frederick Nebel, Norbert Davis, Dashiell Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON
   (1930), THE GLASS KEY (1931), THE THIN MAN
(1934), John dos Passos's
(1936), James T.
   Farrell's Studs Lonigan trilogy, Horace McCoy's THEY SHOOT HORSES,
   DON'T THEY? (1935), Raymond Chandler's THE BIG

SLEEP (1939).

There is not a lot to be said about the others--most of it has been said.

I guess what it amounts to is that they are books that in one way or another covered the hoplessnes of the great depression. I remember stories from my father, who was an old man when I was born, and other stories told in the barber shop when I was a kid . . . then I let my hair grow and I went to the barbershop every three months, whether I needed a haircut or not.

The only question I have . . . wasn't Dos Passos trilogy much earlier in the century? (I have just moved into my garret and have not yet unpacked my reference books.)

Sorry if this one sounds a little far out. I just got back on line after a week. This is my first response to a list.

Jack Bludis

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