RARA-AVIS: Re: Hardboiled Proletariat

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 28 Mar 2003

In a message dated 3/27/03 4:04:31 AM Eastern Standard Time, owner-rara-avis@icomm.ca writes:

 In the 1930s, were there any other writers that wrote hardboiled
 Proletariat novels besides Dos Passos and Steinbeck? Hemingway's
 TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT might qualify. Anderson's THIEVES LIKE US
 has an occasional Socialist slant. Others?
 Thank you, miker >>

What about THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY by Horace McCoy? I think it qualifies. B. Traven's work is proletariat but much of it I would not call hardboiled although he's damn good. I have not read Jim Thompson's first novel NOW AND ON EARTH which came out in 1942 but it is a very grim account of a writer who is a member of the communist party having to work in an airplane factory. McCauley in his bio says this character is the forerunner of Lou Ford, Nick Corey and other Thompson characters.

Richard Moore

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