RARA-AVIS: Best works of criticism and background?

From: William Denton ( wtd@pobox.com)
Date: 27 Sep 2006

A question for Mr. Robison before the month ends: If someone wanted to buy one (or two) books about hardboiled and noir, and was looking for background, criticism, history, interpretation, opinion, etc., what would you recommend?

Frank Gruber's PULP JUNGLE sounds like a good one to start with. I mentioned Geoffrey O'Brien's HARDBOILED AMERICA a minute ago, but it's out of date now. How about THE BIG BOOK OF NOIR? Paul Duncan's little NOIR FICTION?


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : www.miskatonic.org : www.frbr.org

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