RARA-AVIS: Re: The first hardboiled/noir novel

From: vinceemery ( vince@emery.com)
Date: 10 Sep 2004

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Marc Seals" <mseals@t...> wrote:
> By the way, Bill correctly observes that this is not the FIRST hard-
> novel.... What novels would you all put forth as the first?
> ~Marc

My nomination for the first hardboiled novel is Civil War, by Marcus Annaeus Lucan, published about 60-65 A.D. It is violent, pessimistic, tough, and colloquial--all reasons why the Victorians hated it. It is an epic without gods and without a hero. Lucan considered himself the anti-Virgil. The extremely anti-authoritarian attitude of Civil War was probably one of the reasons Nero ordered Lucan to kill himself.

I recommend the English translation by P.F. Widdows.

--Vince Emery

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