Cain's Craft

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Scarecrow Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 162 pages
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The author looks at the master of the hard-boiled novel, James M. Cain, through six perspectives: the tough and proletarian writers; popular fiction writing as a career; writing for the movies and the adaptation of novels to film; the pure novel; the influence of American fiction on European fiction; and the aesthetics of popular culture. Through the perspective of the 'pure' novel, Madden provides a long overview of the characters, subjects, themes, and techniques of all Cain's 18 novels. With annotated bibliography and index.
 

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Contents

The Tough and Proletarian Novelists of the Thirties Cains The Postman Always Rings Twice McCoys They Shoot Horses Dont They? and Travens T...
1
Cains Career as a Novelist
27
Cain and the Movies of the Thirties and Forties
37
Cain and the Pure Novel
61
A Comparison of Cains The Postman Always Rings Twice and Albert Camuss The Stranger
79
The Aesthetics of Popular Culture Cains Serenade and Morris Love Among the Cannibals
93
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
127
INDEX
149
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David Madden is Writer-in-Residence at Louisiana State University. He is the author of the recently published "Poetic Image in Six Genres."

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