Re: RARA-AVIS: Before 1920

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 20 Oct 2007

--- Edward Pettit <> wrote:

> Pierre would make an interesting book to read as a
> proto-noir. Incest, a hellish New York City (lots
> of allusions to Dante's Inferno). It was the book
> that destroyed Melville's writing career. When
> published one review ran with the title, "Herman
> Melville Crazy."
It's a bizarre and wonderful read. As I remember it -- and it's been a while -- it starts off with sunshine and love and then hits the slope like a drunken skier. That book is going on my pile. I need to read that again.


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