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

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 05 Sep 2006

david wrote:

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?

************* I don't know about that, but I recall that Cain disliked being paralleled to Hammett. James Cain came up fast in the literary world, didn't he? Wasn't he Mencken's buddy for a while, and holding down an editorial position on a respectable magazine or newspaper?


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