Now and on Earth

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E-Reads, Jul 31, 1998 - Fiction
14 Reviews
America's low-key high priest of human vice and violently wounded psyches, Jim Thompson emerged from the darkness with his first novel. Now and On Earth is proof that Thompson has always been the bleak and compassionate teller of tawdry terror that critics and fans have come to treasure. Amid the fresh landscape and smooth illusions of wartime California, a young bellboy is tipped into a world too rich in corruption. A lonely down-and-out writer tries to finish just one more book before the bottle finishes him off first. A worn out and tumbling Okie family, displaced and depressed, tries to hold on to the coarse edge of destruction at the end of the road. Thompson takes these characters and imbues them with a disgruntled grace and disillusion that perfectly echoes the dark sinking sensation that American prosperity was built on.

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Review: Now and on Earth

User Review  - Ned Mozier - Goodreads

Told purely from the harried and psychologically damaged mind of Jimmy Dillon, who struggles mightily to establish himself a writer in newly entered California. But he has a large, demanding wife and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

Back around 1996, I picked up Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson by Robert Polito, shortly after it won a couple of awards for best biographical work. I started reading that book which I founded ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

American novelist and screenwriter Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma on September 27, 1906. In Fort Worth, Texas during prohibition, he worked as a bellboy at the Hotel Texas for two years where he earned up to $300 a week by supplying hotel patrons with bootleg liquor, heroin, and marijuana. During the Depression, he worked with the Oklahoma Federal Writers Project and was a member of the Communist Party from 1935 to 1938. During World War II, he worked at an aircraft factory where he was investigated by the FBI for his Communist Party affiliation. His first novel, Now and on Earth, was published in 1942. He wrote more than thirty novels during his lifetime and most of them were paperback pulp crime novels. His best known works are The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman, and Pop. 1280. In 1955, he moved to Hollywood, California to write screenplays with Stanley Kubrick. Thompson helped write The Killing and Paths of Glory. He died after a series of strokes in Los Angeles, California on April 7, 1977. His long-time alcoholism and recent self-inflicted starvation contributed to his death. His death attracted little attention because none of his novels were in print in the U.S. at that time.

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