Hardboiled mystery writers : Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald : a literary reference /
edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Richard Layman.
1st Carroll & Graf trade pbk. ed.
New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2002.
xi, 326 p. : ill.
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New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2002.
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"A Bruccoli Clark Layman book".
Originally published: Detroit : Gale Research, 1989 in series: Dictionary of literary biography documentary series, v. 6.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-07-15:
Replete with photographs and reproductions"of manuscript pages, dust jackets, movie posters and advertisements"not to mention contemporary reviews, interviews, excerpts and biographical investigations, Hardboiled Mystery Writers takes a behind-the-gritty-streets look at the lives and times of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald. Matthew J. Bruccoli (whos an English professor and F. Scott Fitzgerald expert) and Richard Layman (The Letters of Dashiell Hammett) offer a slick reference book thats informative, highly readable (the poor SOB was never happy, they say of Chandler, in true hard-boiled style) and a must-have for all devotees of the genre. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-08-12:
The father, son, and holy ghost of hardboiled whodunit writers are served up in this volume, which is essentially a full-text bibliography. Divided into three equal sections, the book presents each author through interviews, articles, excerpts from earlier studies lifted whole cloth, letters, reviews, and more. The text is buttressed with numerous author photos as well as illustrations from book jackets, posters and stills from films based on their work, and prints of pages from first editions and pulp magazines. Although this volume does not take the same tack as straight literary biography, the combination of elements provides a rounded view of these authors, who have been elevated to the ranks of America's literary elite. This is a solid supplement to literary biographies, edited by two experts on the genre, that only include excerpts or references to the materials appearing in full here. Highly recommended. Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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