RARA-AVIS: Cain birthday

From: Victoria Two ( msvictoriatwo@yahoo.com)
Date: 01 Jul 2005

American Public Media

The Writer's Almanac for Friday, July 1, 2005

It's the birthday of novelist James M. Cain, born in Annapolis, Maryland
(1892). He was 40 years old-in the middle of the Great Depression-trying to support his wife and children as a reporter, when he read a newspaper article about a woman who'd murdered her husband so she could take over his gas station. He was fascinated by the idea that someone so ordinary could be so ruthless, and it gave him the idea for his first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934). It was a big best-seller, followed by Mildred Pierce and Double Indemnity.

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