RARA-AVIS: Re: Megan Abbott

From: Steve Lewis ( stevelewis62@cox.net)
Date: 06 Feb 2006

At 01:36 PM 2/6/2006, you wrote:
>Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 21:36:09 -0500 (EST)
> From: William Denton < wtd@pobox.com>
>Subject: Hardboiled genealogy
>Mr. Lewis mentioned this on MYSTERY*FILE ONLINE on Friday [1]: the
>syllabus for Megan Abbot's course on hardboiled writing at The New School:
> http://www.mysteryfile.com/Abbott/Syllabus.html
>What's especially interesting is this family tree of hardboiled and noir:
> http://www.mysteryfile.com/Abbott/Hardboiled.pdf
>I disagree with the arrangement of things in the 1950s and 1960s, but I
>couldn't do up my own version without a fair bit of brain work. Have a


I've been meaning to post those two links here on rara-avis myself. Thanks for getting the job done before I got myself in gear and got around to it!

The "family tree" Megan says is only a tentative one, one that she set up for discussion for her students on the first day of the course. She's really looking for any other input that anybody else might be willing to give. You can email me or Megan directly at meganabbott@hotmail.com.

I'm also going to tell her about rara-avis, so perhaps she will show up here soon.

By the way, here's my review of her first novel, which was just nominated for an Edgar (Best First Mystery): http://www.mysteryfile.com/Kiss05.html#Abbott

It's a knockout of book, my choice for the best Noir book of the year. The nomination is well-deserved.

As long as I'm finally taking some time to post this, let me also suggest to you that Richard Moore has written a long article on Stewart Sterling that is well worth reading, if you're a fan of hard-boiled pulp fiction: http://www.mysteryfile.com/Sterling/Detectives.html

... and maybe even a short piece on pulp/paperback writer Glenn Low, done by James Reasoner, Bill Pronzini and myself:

http://www.mysteryfile.com/GLow/Author.html .



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