Darkness at Dawn: Early Suspense Classics by Cornell Woolrich

Darkness at Dawn: Early Suspense Classics by Cornell Woolrich

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Overview

Darkness at Dawn: Early Suspense Classics by Cornell Woolrich by Francis M. Nevins Jr.

From 1934 until his death in 1968, Cor­nell Woolrich wrote dozens of “tales of love and despair” that chill the heart and display his mastery of the genre he all but created. In a title for a story he never wrote, he captured the essence of his tortured world: “First you dream, then you die.”

Introducing these 13 tales, Nevins de­scribes the dark world Woolrich so viv­idly creates. “The dominant reality in his world is the Depression, and Woolrich has no peers when it comes to describing a frightened little guy in a tiny apartment with no money, no job, a hun­gry wife and children, and anxiety eating him like a cancer. If a Woolrich protago­nist is in love, the beloved is likely to vanish in such a way that he not only can’t find her but can’t convince anyone she ever existed.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809312320
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 09/01/1985
Series: Mystery Makers Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Frances M. Nevins, Jr., a Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law, has received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award for criticism.

Martin H. Greenberg is on the fac­ulty of the College of Community Ser­vices at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

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