Re: RARA-AVIS: The Fifties (mike)

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 28 Nov 2002

Al Guthrie
> A challenge? The Fifties PBO explosion makes finding new authors a stroll
> in the park. It's hard to remember who you have and haven't read, but here
> are a few of my favourites from that decade that, as best I can remember,
> you've yet to enjoy.

*************** Thanks for the recommendations, Al! Just what I needed. I haven't gone wrong with any of your suggestions. The list that comes from the back of O'Brien's is not the most dependable. It's impossible to tell whether what's there is hardboiled/noir or not. I've got a few of those books you listed but I haven't read a single one. Got one by Algren and one by Brown and I guess I'll be moving into the Fifities.

I was wondering about Ira Levin's KISS BEFORE DYING. He wrote ROSEMARY'S BABY, and I've seen the movie and it seems quite a bit removed from hardboiled.

I just finished Kersh's PRELUDE TO A CERTAIN MIDNIGHT. It was pretty bizarre. It reminded me a lot of Nathanael West's work.


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