Not strictly a noir book but 'Lord of the Flies' which I read when I was ten or eleven had a profound effect on my reading taste. When I was fourteen -- or thereabouts -- we had to study it at school. That year I also studied Macbeth. Good times.
From: dj anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sun, March 14, 2010 2:21:12 PM
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Noir for the Classroom II
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I've compiled the list and I'm going to try to read the ones I am unfamiliar with over the summer break.
Based on the conversation, I just ordered 60 copies of THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA's CRIME NOVELS: AMERICAN NOIR of the 1930's and 1940s. It seemed the most utilitarian way to do it, that way I can use it in multiple classes.
I'm still open to suggestions.
By the way, we DO teach almost all of those Shakespeare plays at one point or another in our curriculum, and the Hemingway conversation was brought up in one of our staff meetings!
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