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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As one of the founding fathers of hard-boiled fiction, Cain emerges here as an unexpectedly poignant figure. Hoopes had access not only to Cain's papers but to Cain himself, who by that time (the ... Read full review


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About the author (1987)

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

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