RARA-AVIS: The genre stigmata

From: Michael Robison ( zspider@gte.net)
Date: 22 Jan 2004

The demeaning attitude that some hold for genre writing has been mentioned recently. It's not hard to imagine that it has a depressing effect on a lot of the writers. Sallis seems to think that the stigma effected Himes moreso than Thompson and Goodis. Sallis suggests this is because Himes aspired to be appreciated on a different level. I've seen it suggested that the hardboiled label was not fully appreciated or respected by a number of authors in the genre, possibly including Chandler and Hammett. If I recall correctly, Horace McCoy and James Cain fall into this category also.

Any good stories associated with writers that didn't much care for being stuck in the genre?


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