Given how Woodrell sees things (noir is naturalism about "the lower
depths" with a combination of toughness and melodrama), I think he
would have to name Hugo, Balzac and Zola among his heroes. And a few
Russian writers, too... I don't see the downtrodden and the lower
classes as the sole or even the main protagonists of noir. What
Woodrell says applies to many important works, but does not define the
genre, in my opinion. I like blondes.
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