Cain: The Biography of James M. Cain

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Southern Illinois University Press, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 684 pages
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“I never knew a writer who regarded [writing] as anything but a refined form of crucifixion.”—James M. Cain


Although Cain was formerly dismissed as merely a hardboiled writer, his finest works—The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, and Double Indemnity—are now considered enduring classics of American literature.


In this book Roy Hoopes gives as full a picture of the man and his life as will ever be written. The work was awarded an “Edgar” by the Mystery Writers of America.


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About the author (1987)

Roy Hoopes is Director of College Relations, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.

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