Re: RARA-AVIS: Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties, by David Madden 1968

From: david david (
Date: 05 Sep 2006

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:

"The standard problem encountered when declaring Hemingway the founder of the hardboiled genre is the timeline. It is common nowadays to point to stories by Hammett and Daly in Black Mask in 1923 as the beginning of hardboiled writing, and this predates anything by Hemingway that could be considered hardboiled."

i think i once read where Cain said he wrote Postman Always Rings Twice before he'd read Hemingway. Does anyone know if that's right?

by the way I just spent 3 days in mexico, got back to find over 40 rara-avis messages in my box and read all of them. guess i'm hooked. glad i signed on. i dropped out of a PHd in lit. in part because theory started to take over my life. I'd like to get back to the point Miker's at, where one can balance literary pleasure and criticism. I wonder if it's too late to change my dissertation topic from Foucault to Horace McCoy?

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