Which Way Did He Go?: The Private Eye in Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes, and Ross MacDonald

Which Way Did He Go?: The Private Eye in Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes, and Ross MacDonald

by Edward Margolies
     
 

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What accounts for the enormous popularity of "private eye" crime novels during their heyday in the 1930's and 1940's? Why did they then go into a marked decline-and what are some of the reasons for the recent revival of critical and public interest in the work of such skillful exponents of the "tough guy" detective genre as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and… See more details below

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What accounts for the enormous popularity of "private eye" crime novels during their heyday in the 1930's and 1940's? Why did they then go into a marked decline-and what are some of the reasons for the recent revival of critical and public interest in the work of such skillful exponents of the "tough guy" detective genre as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Chester Himes?

These are some of the intriguing questions addressed by Edward Margolies in this lively critical study of the writings of Hammett, Chandler, Himes, and Ross Macdonald-the only one of Margolies' four subjects who is still alive and productive.

Convincing characterizations, compelling story lines, masterful handling of suspense and action, and superbly vivid dialogue-the "hard-boiled dick" novels of Hammett, Chandler, Himes, and Macdonald share these qualities abundantly. More important, however, as the author demonstrates, they typify values, attitudes, and yearnings deeply ingrained in American society during the Depression and World War II eras.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780841904361
Publisher:
Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1982
Pages:
97
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)

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