Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s: Library of America, cartea 94

Autor Cornell Woolrich, James M. Cain, Kenneth Fearing
en Limba Engleză Hardback – sep 1997 – vârsta de la 18 ani
Includes The Postman Always Rings Twice; They Shoot Horses, Don't They; Thieves Like Us; The Big Clock; Nightmare Alley; I Married a Dead Man
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ISBN-13: 9781883011468
ISBN-10: 1883011469
Pagini: 990
Dimensiuni: 135 x 208 x 33 mm
Greutate: 0.64 kg
Editura: Library of America
Seria Library of America

Locul publicării:New York, NY, United States

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This adventurous volume, with its companion devoted to the 1950s, presents a rich vein of modern American writing too often neglected in mainstream literary histories. Evolving out of the terse and violent hardboiled style of the pulp magazines, noir fiction expanded over the decades into a varied and innovative body of writing. Tapping deep roots in the American literary imagination, the novels in this volume explore themes of crime, guilt, deception, obsessive passion, murder, and the disintegrating psyche. With visionary and often subversive force they create a dark and violent mythology out of the most commonplace elements of modern life. The raw power of their vernacular style has profoundly influenced contemporary American culture and writing. Far from formulaic, they are ambitious works which bend the rules of genre fiction to their often experimental purposes.


The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone. Jim Thompson, James M. Cain, Chester Himes....When the masters of noir fiction moved from the pulps to the mainstream, American literature was changed forever. Here, in two volumes, are the complete texts of eleven of the most brilliant and influential crime novels ever written.
"To be brief, these two volumes constitute the most important collection of crime fiction ever published in the United States. Bar none...a wonderful and lasting gift". -- Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene Magazine

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