Cain: The Biography of James M. Cain

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I never knew a writer who regarded [writing] as anything but a refined form of crucifixion.” James M. Cain

 

Although Cain was formerly dismissed as merely a hardboiled writer, his finest works The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, and Double Indemnity are now considered enduring classics of American literature.

 

In this book Roy Hoopes gives as full a picture of the man and his life as will ever be written. The work was awarded an Edgar” by the Mystery Writers of America.

 

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Roy Hoopes is Director of College Relations, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.

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A meticulously researched biography. . . . I’ve rarely read such a grim account of a writer desperately grinding out work to pay bills. . . . One hopes this careful book will lead to a revival of interest in a writer who not only keeps the palms damp and the pages turning, but whose work rings as true now as it did the day it was written.” The New York Times

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