Re: RARA-AVIS: Newton Thornburg

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 21 Nov 2007

> >From: John Williams <>
> >Sent: Nov 21, 2007 11:40 AM
> >To:
> >Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Newton Thornburg
> >>
> >Um, actually at Serpent's Tail we have reissued Cutter &
> Bone, To Die In
> >California and Dreamland, they're all readily available from
> Amazon on
> >both sides of the pond. We've stopped at those three as, to
> my mind,
> >they're his three noir classics. And, let's face it, we
> chickened out of
> >reissuing either the future race-war novel Valhalla, or the
> incestuous
> >romance, Beautiful Kate! Of the rest, his first novel
> Gentleman Born is
> >an interesting autobiographical coming of age novel,
> Knockover is a
> >decent heist novel and Black Angus a good but depressing book
> about farm
> >failure. The Lion at The Door is an OK noir but anything
> after that I
> >recall as disappointing, no doubt due to his failing health.
> >
> >Ah I've just remembered I wrote Thornburg's entry for the St
> James
> encyclopedia. I've pasted it below if anyone's interested.
Thanks, John. I'm curious to read some of these titles. Are the noirs (Cutter & Bone, To Die In California and Dreamland) all stand alones? Are there any recurring characters?


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