Re: RARA-AVIS: Early Noir

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 20 May 2007

Burnett's criminal-as-protagonist LITTLE CAESAR (1929) could be called noir, and if Caldwell's THE BASTARD (1929) and Wolfson's BODIES ARE DUST (1931) aren't noir, I'll eat my underwear.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Dave Zeltserman
  Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:41 PM
  Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Early Noir

> Granted. But I'm drawing the line (for me) at 1932.
> That's when the genre -- as genre -- began.
> >

  Rex Stout's "How Like a God" was published in 1929 and is classic noir--
  one of the best novels of the genre, and contains a level craziness and
  sexual obsession and depravity that you wouldn't think of from Stout.

  --Dave Z.


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