Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Suggestions for monthly topics requested

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 09 Oct 2007

--- JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:

> 4. Do you identify the beginning of the noir fiction
> genre with a particular novel or story? If yes, what
> and why?
> Either "Death Sits in the Dentist's Chair" by
> Cornell
> Woolrich because it's the first crime story by
> Cornell
> Woolrich, or THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS by Peter Cheyney,
> because it was the first book published under the
> Serie Noire logo.
Serie Noire didn't start publishing until 1945 and all of their offerings were reprints. Woolrich's Manhattan Love Song was published in 1932 almost a dozen years previous. I'm not trying to be difficult here, just curious since I have no idea when the form began in print but it would almost have to be just around the beginnings of the depression.


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