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Crime novels: American noir of the 1930s and 40s : The postman always rings twice ; They shoot horses, don't they ; Thieves like us ; The big clock ; Nightmare alley ; I married a dead man.

Authors: %Cain, James M.%(James Mallahan),%1892-1977.%Postman always rings twice. Series: The Library of America ; . 94 Published by : Library of America, (New York :) Physical details: 990 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. ISBN: 1883011469 Subject(s): Detective and mystery stories, American. | Noir fiction, American. | Crime %Fiction. Year: 1997
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 983-990).

The postman always rings twice (James M. Cain) -- They shoot horses, don't they (Horace McCoy) -- Thieves like us (Edward Anderson) -- The big clock (Kenneth Fearing) -- Nightmare alley (William Lindsay Gresham) -- I married a dead man (Cornell Woolrich).

"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."--BOOK JACKET.

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