RARA-AVIS: Re: Vian and America

From: m23to53 (library.john@virgin.net)
Date: 09 Dec 2008

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    One example I remember was an early title by Jeffrey Archer, cannot remember the title for the moment, but it was set in Washington DC. It seems he used out of date guide books and I read that there was a competition to spot the most mistakes - believe the number of errors spotted was over 50. And that's a best selling author, not someone churning out quick fiction.


    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Nathan Cain" <IndieCrime@...> wrote:
    > I know I've encountered this with at least one English author, who
    > wrote pulps under the name Spike Morelli. There's one book of his
    > called Coffin for a Cutie that's set in Atlanta, when it's pretty
    > obvious that the author has never been there (or anywhere else in
    > America) in his life. Of course, it was published in England and
    > to be read by people who had also never been to America, so
    > authenticity obviously wasn't a priority.
    > On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 9:23 AM, Juri Nummelin <juri.nummelin@...>
    > > Jeff Vorzimmer:
    > >
    > > "In fact, he tried originally to pass I Spit on Your Graves off
    as having
    > > been written by an American, which is absurd in that the American
    culture of
    > > the late 40s he portrays is so faux as to be almost
    > >
    > > Wasn't this usual practice in pulps and paperbacks published in
    > > countries than the US: there were lots of British, Australian,
    > > Swedish etc. stories taking place in America, supposedly written
    by American
    > > writers, and with apparently no knowledge of real America
    (whatever that
    > > is). I'm sure everyone thought at the time that Carter Brown was
    an American
    > > writer.
    > >
    > > Juri
    > >
    > >

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