RARA-AVIS: Maritta Wolff

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 21 May 2003

I'm reading VIOLENT SATURDAY by W.L. Heath (1955) and it's really good. More later. The Black Lizard edition (from 1985, before Vintage bought it) has an introduction by Ed Gorman. It begins:

| During the 1940s any number of bright young men (and women, too, when
| one considers Marita [sic] Wolff) got the idea of fusing John O'Hara's
| naturalism with the American crime novel. O'Hara himself, given parts
| of APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA and several of his short stories, had the
| same idea.

I poked around the web and found a bit about Maritta Wolf (1918-2002), whose first novel, WHISTLE STOP (1941) was quite a sensation. She wrote five more books, then stopped. What's the word on her? Hardboiled? She sounds interesting.


P.S. If any of the librarians on the list are coming to the ALA conference here in Toronto next month, drop me a note.

William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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