There was an anthology of stories from Manhunt, which, if I recall correctly had a story by Caldwell. I imagine the anthology is pretty hard to find these days.
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> I've been looking to buy somecopies of Manhunt lately, and noticed that in the Oct. '54 issue there was a story by Erskine Caldwell. That may be old news here, but I just saw it.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Allan Guthrie" <allan@...> wrote:
>> Interesting, Dave. There's no denying that paperback originals exploded in
>> the 50s and gave us a lot of the writers we admire these days. Many of those
>> writers were struggling to find a hardcover publisher and the pbo explosion
>> was something of a godsend. I'm not sure how prevalent noir was in the 50s,
>> though. Most paperback originals weren't that dark. Goodis, Thompson, etc.,
>> were exceptions rather than the norm.
>> Books like Double Indemnity, How Like A God and Anyone's My Name were highly
>> original in concept at the time they were published. These days they'd seem
>> pretty cliched because they've been imitated so often (I don't know if
>> that's true of HLaG, haven't read it, but I suspect if it failed to get
>> published it would be on account of the second person narrative rather than
>> being too dark). Not sure who published Woolrich or Macdonald originally,
>> but I'm pretty sure Woolrich's first published books weren't crime novels.
>> Incidentally, Erskine Caldwell's debut -- the ultra-noir THE BASTARD, from
>> 1929 -- would appear to have been self-published, something I only recently
>> discovered. Too dark for New York, I suspect. Might also explain why he
>> rarely spoke about it.
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>> From: "davezeltserman" <Dave.Zeltserman@...>
>> To: <email@example.com>
>> Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 6:03 PM
>> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Small Crimes
>> > Al, thinking about this a little bit, I'll stick with my original
>> > observation, and that's that publishing has changed dramatically over the
>> > past 25 years, specifically crime fiction, with much more resistance by NY
>> > to publish dark crime fiction and real noir. Yes, many of the great noir
>> > books from Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Charles Williams, Dan Marlowe,
>> > Peter Rabe, etc. came from Gold Medal and other paperback publishers, but
>> > at least they existed--today, Hard Case is the only equivalent I can think
>> > of, and Charles is publishing a tiny fraction of original crime fiction
>> > compared to Gold Medal. And I'll stick by that books like Dead City,
>> > Cain's Postman and Double Indemnity, Seymour Shubin's Anyone's My Name,
>> > Rex Stout's How Like a God, all published by NY as hardcovers would be
>> > just about off limits to NY today. All you have to do is look at the most
>> > popular PI from the 50s, Mike Hammer, and the last 25 years, Spenser, to
>> > see how much crime fiction changed. Btw. who published Cornell Woolrich
>> > and Ross Macdonald originally?
>> > --Dave
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