From: "JIM DOHERTY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> However, I suspect you're talking about COMMON use of the term in English.
Yes, I wasn't very clear. I meant at what point was the term applied to
fiction to the extent that a novelist could set out to write what most of us
(you excepted, Jim, of course) would think of as a 'noir' novel.
<<The use of the term "noir" to describe a type or style of prose crime
fiction seems to have followed the widespread acceptance of the term to
describe a type or style of crime film.>>
That sounds highly likely to me but I'd love to see some hard evidence. It'd
be great to pin down the very early instances of the label as applied to
crime fiction (outside of La Serie Noire).
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