Re: RARA-AVIS: Best works of criticism and background?

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 27 Sep 2006


BIG BOOK OF NOIR is an excellent resource, I can't speakly highly enough about it. Gorman's piece on worthwhile Fawcett/Gold Medals and the esteemable Mr. Crider's piece on worthwhile Dells (I'm pretty sure Mr. Crider wrote that, but don't have the book in front of me to check it) are worth the purchase price in themselves.

There's a lot of lesser lights and lighter lessers covered, but there's also some great stuff in Pronzini's 1001 MIDNIGHTS, coverage of now fairly obscure pb writers like Ennis Willie, Jay Flynn, etc.


--- William Denton <> wrote:

> 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
> Bill
> --
> William Denton : Toronto, Canada :
> :

Doug Bassett

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