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

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 27 Sep 2006

I'd second Doug's plug for 1001 MIDNIGHTS for mining ideas on some great older reads. I've also used Barzun's A CATALOGUE OF CRIME and William De Andrea's ENCYCLOPEDIA MYSTERIOSA for fast references.


--- Doug Bassett <> wrote:
> 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

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