RARA-AVIS: Re: Re: Thompson and other novelists who wrote screenplays

From: ed ( ejmd__@ntlworld.com)
Date: 06 Nov 2004

Nigel Algar < montana@dircon.co.uk> wrote:

Vince Keenan wrote:
> > For an in-depth look at this subject, I'd recommend Woody Haut's
> > HEARTBREAK AND VINE. He focuses specifically on the work noir
> > writers did for Hollywood and how it reflects on their literary
> > output. I don't agree with Haut on everything, but he always
> > knows whereof he speaks.
> I'd recommend this book too, but would advise readers to be on
> the lookout for typos and howlers
> and, more importantly, Haut later suggests that there is a Goodis
> novel called RAVING BEAUTY. This produced a tremor of excitement
> - why hadn't I heard of this? - but reference to the Goodis biography
> (listed as a reference in Haut's bibliography) confirms that this
> is an alternative title for SOMEBODY'S DONE FOR, his last novel.

This rang a bell with me, as an article I wrote about Goodis that appeared in _Crime Time_ included a list of Goodis novels that had been filmed;
_Raving Beauty_ was one of the titles that had been filmed (as _And Hope To Die_, by Renee Clement, in 1972).

Looking again at that list, it certainly *looks like* two Goodis novels,
_Raving Beauty_ and _Someebody's Done For_ were adapted as _And Hope To Die_.

I haven't seen a copy of Haut's _Heartbreak and Vine_ so I'm not unable to check the section on Goodis, or look at his references, but it seems like I might have led Woody astray :-)


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