Re: RARA-AVIS: Marxism and Hardboiled?

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 03 Sep 2006

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:
> In Benjamin Appel's essay "Labels" in Madden's Tough
> Guy Writers of the Thirties, Appel discusses the
> intermingling between Marxist and hardboiled themes.
> Have you read any novels where both themes were
> present? What were they? Was it a convincing mix?
> Do you see any contradictions between the two themes?

It's surprised me to learn how many of the hardboiled writers had leftist leanings. Len Zinberg was a socialist democrat so much that he used the psuedonym Ed Lacy to publish his fiction. Bruno Fischer had leftist leanings as well. Both were politically active, Fischer having run for public office and lived in an upstate NY cooperative. More recently, Dennis Lynds used liberalist themes as seen in his PI Dan Fortune books. These writers all championed the little guy and his reduced circumstances. Sometimes the politics got in front of their writing and the main story was sidelined for a few paragraphs. I've never been bothered or distracted by reading their politics, though.

Ed Lynskey

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