RARA-AVIS: Re: Ross Macdonald quote

From: Dick Lochte (dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 04 Dec 2009

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    In his amazingly complete biography of Macdonald, Tom Nolan notes that the author later misquoted himself, saying that "We call came out from Hammett's overcoat." I suppose this may have been an early sign of the condition that did him in.

    Dick L.

    Posted by: "Lawrence William Coates" coatesl@bgsu.edu lorenzocoates Thu Dec 3, 2009 8:28 am (PST)

    MacDonald is obviously playing with the famous quote (attributed to Dostoevsky) "We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat'"

    I like the analogy, though. And I've enjoyed lately the threads for the titles of some south of the border noir to look up.


    On 12/3/09 9:07 AM, "Juri Nummelin" <juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi> wrote:

    "We all came out from under Hammett's black mask." ? Ross MacDonald

    Has anyone ever done a caricature of this, with Chandler, Macdonald, Spillane and others crawling out under of a black mask, held by Dashiell Hammett?


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