Cain, James M.

1947 TLS from “hard-boiled” crime ficton novelist

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(1892-1977) American author and journalist, associated with the “hard-boiled” school of American crime fiction and seen as one of the creators of the roman noir. Several of his crime novels inspired highly successful movies. After graduating from Washington College where his father was president, Cain began working as a journalist for the “Baltimore Sun” in 1910. Cain was drafted into the Army and spent the final year of WW I in France writing for an Army magazine. Back in the US, he wrote editorials for the “New York World” and articles for “American Mercury”. He briefly served as the managing editor of “The New Yorker”, but later turned to screenplays and finally to fiction. Although he spent many years in Hollywood working on screenplays, his name only appears on the credits of 3 films: “Algiers”, “Stand Up and Fight”, and “Gypsy Wildcat”. Cain's first novel, “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, was published in 1934. Two years later the serialized “Double Indemnity” was published in “Liberty Magazine”. Cain made use of his love of music and of the opera in three of his novels: “Serenade” (1937), “Mildred Pierce” (1941), and” Career in C Major”(1943). Cain continued writing up to his death at age 85, but the many novels he published from the late 1940s onward never rivaled his earlier works. TLS on 9 ½ x 6 "The Shoreham Hotel" engraved letterhead, Los Angeles, April 5 1947, to an Ohio admirer. Cain regrets he has no pictures but will try to remember him when he gets some.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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