60 Years of Journalism

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Popular Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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The late James M. Cain was a newspaperman, playwright, and novelist. Although best known for his controversial novels (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, Serenade, The Butterfly, and Past All Dishonor), Cain always considered himself a journalist, a "newpaperman who wrote yarns on the side." The book includes some of Cain's best articles and essays. The material is sometimes serious, sometimes humorous and provides a unique look at 60 years of history.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Mencken and the Mercury 1920s Iconoclasm
11
Lippmann and The WorldThe Corporate Aw fulness
64
Are Editorials Worth Reading
77
Battling Siki
86
The End of the World
96
Six Decades of Journalism
102
The Battle Ground of Coal
126
The Solid South
157
Paradise
164
The Widows Miteor Queen of the Rancho
178
Camera Obscura
190
Fame and Hot Hollywood
198
Vincent Sargent Lawrence
207
Lana
214
Preface to 50th Anniversary Issue of Whos Who in America
225

The Coal Baron
134
The Man Merriwell
144
A Lance for Hollywood
235
Copyright

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About the author (1985)

Mystery writer James Mallahan Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington College, and served in the military as editor-in-chief of the official newspaper of the 79th Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Cain worked as a staff reporter for the Baltimore Sun; he became a professor of journalism in the 1920s; he worked as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1930s and 40s. Many of his stories, including Double Indemnity (1943), have been made into successful films. Joan Crawford won an Academy Award in 1945 for her portrayal of Cain's Mildred Pierce (1941). Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), was said to have inspired Albert Camus' The Stranger, but offended sensibilities in the U.S. and was even tried for obscenity in Boston. The novel was eventually made into a movie in 1946, starring Lana Turner and again in 1981, with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. In all, Cain authored eighteen books.

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