Literature and film buffs will be delighted by this collection of pulp novels, most of which were made into important films. James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice is a literary masterpiece with its spare prose invoking a savage, sexy, desperate world. It inspired no less than three great movies: Luchino Visconti's classic Ossessione, in 1942; the 1946 remake, starring John Garfield and Lana Turner and directed by the extraordinary Tay Garnett; and Bob Rafelson's underrated 1981 version with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. When you read the magnificent source for these movies, you'll be astonished at how three different incarnations could all, in their own ways, be faithful to the novel.
Cornell Woolrich's I Married a Dead Man also became three movies: No Man of Her Own, with Barbara Stanwyk; the French I Married a Shadow; and the American comedy, Mrs. Winterborne, which starred Shirley MacLaine and Ricki Lake. Edward Anderson's vivid Thieves Like Us was transformed into They Live by Night, Nicholas Ray's first important movie and one of the seminal noir films of the 1940s. It was brilliantly remade in 1974 by the great revisionist director Robert Altman. Kenneth Fearing's The Big Clock was transformed into a marvelous film starring Charles Laughton; 40 years later, the same source, retitled No Way Out, brought Kevin Costner to stardom. William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley was the source for Tyrone Power's best movie; Horace McCoy's experimental They Shoot Horses, Don't They? became one of the seminal films of the 1960s.
These dark, evocative novels, when taken together, are a fascinating study of how words can inspire a magnificent variety of cinematic images and styles.
The Library of America gave a tremendous boost to the reputation of hard-boiled detective fiction with the inclusion of Raymond Chandler among its illustrious ranks (Classic Returns, LJ 9/15/95). This new two-volume set is another giant step in the direction of legitimacy for the pulp mystery genre. This duo collect 11 of the best crime novels in which the criminal rather than the sleuth is the central character. Included here are such gems as James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cornell Woolrich's I Married a Dead Man, Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Chester Himes's The Real Cool Killers. These tales of murder and mayhem belong in all fiction collections.
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LOVED Nightmare Alley. Huge fan of Tyrone Power's portrayal, but the book! One of my fave stories ever. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jenny Lens
Buy the book. It's a great addition to your library.
This must be in your collection.
The Red Fur Room
A novel based on a true story. Read more
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crime noir--1930's AND 1940's
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It is an interesting compilation of crime narratives. I really was surprised by the diversity and the prose it quite excellent.Published on March 21, 2013 by Amy L. Buckley
In 1997, the Library of America published two volumes of American crime novels written in a noir style. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Robin Friedman
I picked this up because I have seen all the movie versions of these novels but never read them. This collection goes all over the map showing noir in different ways. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Wayne M. Malin
I received the book on time and it was in excellent condition, as advertised. I would do business with this seller again.Published on February 17, 2011 by CC
I got this as a gift, because they knew that I liked Noir crime films like "Angles with Dirty Faces" and "The Maltese Falcon". Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by M. Smith
The LOA volumes are special. They open flat, and have thin but durable paper, readable type and built-in bookmark. Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by R. Fink