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Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s By Robert Polito Jim Thompson Patricia Highsmith Charles Willeford David Goodis Chester Himes Crime Novels American Noir of the s This adventurous two volume collection presents a rich vein of modern American writing too often neglected in mainstream literary histories Evolving out of the terse and violent hardboiled style of th
  • Title: Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s
  • Author: Robert Polito Jim Thompson Patricia Highsmith Charles Willeford David Goodis Chester Himes
  • ISBN: 9781883011499
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s By Robert Polito Jim Thompson Patricia Highsmith Charles Willeford David Goodis Chester Himes This adventurous two volume collection presents a rich vein of modern American writing too often neglected in mainstream literary histories Evolving out of the terse and violent hardboiled style of the pulp magazines, noir fiction expanded over the decades into a varied and innovative body of writing Tapping deep roots in the American literary imagination, the novels inThis adventurous two volume collection presents a rich vein of modern American writing too often neglected in mainstream literary histories Evolving out of the terse and violent hardboiled style of the pulp magazines, noir fiction expanded over the decades into a varied and innovative body of writing Tapping deep roots in the American literary imagination, the novels in this volume explore themes of crime, guilt, deception, obsessive passion, murder, and the disintegrating psyche With visionary and often subversive force they create a dark and violent mythology out of the most commonplace elements of modern life The raw power of their vernacular style has profoundly influenced contemporary American culture and writing.Contains Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr Ripley Charles Willeford, Pick Up David Goodis, Down There Chester Himes, The Real Cool Killers
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    1. Robert Polito Jim Thompson Patricia Highsmith Charles Willeford David Goodis Chester Himes

      Robert Polito born 1951 is an American academic, critic and poet He has been Director of the Writing Program at The New School since 1992 He received the National Book Critics Circle Award and an Edgar Award for Savage Art A Biography of Jim Thompson.

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    1. anthology of roman noir from the 50s, selection of five novels given the lit crit approval of hardback republication by library of america, companion to one that covers the 30s and 40s not much to say, critically, just that to fully appreciate these novels is to recalibrate what you value in lit this is generally accessible and independent of prestige literature but by its plots, characters, themes, has perhaps staying power doubt these are ever considered canonical works, you have here work pe [...]


    2. This is one of those massive omnibus type novels that, if dropped on a body part or on someone else s body part, would probably do serious and real damage Every novel was a gripping, haunting experience In The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson, a deputy sheriff who appears to be respectable outwardly is an internal horror of a creature Before that novel ends, the deputy s girlfriend will die along with others In Patricia Highsmith s The Talented Mr Ripley, a young American fast talking con artist [...]


    3. 8 3 Book 1 The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson This book is told from the perspective of the murderer and I found the main character to share some similarities to the title character in the television series Dexter However, instead of working as a forensic expert, this killer works for the local police department Lou like Dexter is a likable character, even when he s doing not so likable things Short, fun, pulpy, and particularly interesting for the genre.8 11 Book 2 The Talented Mr Ripley Patrici [...]


    4. This book wsa a gift from my brother When he gave it to me, I had just rediscovered Jim Thompson after a few years away and I was pretty excited about a new story I didn t realize when I started the book that The Killer Inside Me was Thompson s most significant work By the time I d finished it, I was trembling.ed, astounded, down right terrified It was awesome, and not in the 80s music video kind of way It was awesome like a ten foot wave about to break on your head And that was just the first s [...]


    5. The Real Cool Killers This is the story of a violent subculture 1950 s Harlem cordoned off by a society unconcerned about the suffering and degradation of those living within it All the characters black or white show an almost complete disregard for the suffering of strangers The violence is excessive and savage A sense of being trapped permeates the novel.For a detective story, it is interesting that the authorial voice goes back and forth across all the characters not just the principle detect [...]


    6. This is an anthology of five 1950 s crime novels that stand out in the mind of the volume s editor, Robert Polito from the crowd of pulp noir of the 1950 s by being particularly memorable The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson This creeped me out like nothing I ve read in a long time Psychopathic depravity in a West Texas town, where no one lives without a skeleton or three in the closet High body count, strong writing style, unsavory ending The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith I never saw [...]


    7. I read three American Noir crime novels during my flight to and fro Las Vegas and during my ten day stay in sin city.The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson, is a chilling account of a genial psychopath who is a policeman in a small Texas town who periodically snaps and kills It is all told from the perspective of the killer His characters are closely drawn and very believable.The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith is also told from the perspective of the killer who is a chameleon, who brings [...]


    8. The rare multi novel edition that has legible text Jim Thompson, Killer Inside Me Brilliant, but ultra violent, so be prepared.Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr Ripley Excellent story, but saw the Matt Damon film version years ago, and this unfortunately colored my reading of it But a friend just told me about a French version Plein Soleil, which sounds great.Charles Willeford, Pick Up Heartbreaking and original work The ending throws in a pointless plot twist, though.David Goodis, Down There [...]


    9. Noir In The Library Of America 1950sThe books published in the Library of America series have the goal of capturing American writing and the American experience in all its variety Towards this end, the LOA has published several volumes of noir novels, with some volumes by individual authors and other volumes collections of works In 1997, the LOA published two volumes of the latter variety with the first including six noir novels by as many authors written during the 1930 s and 1940 s Crime Novel [...]


    10. I only read The Killer Inside Me and The Real Cool Killers, the former because the movie coming out got me interested and the latter because I read about the author, Chester Himes and his history and the recurring characters Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed interested me The Killer Inside Me was well written and worth reading I loved The Real Cool Killers The writing was perfectly spare Himes once wrote that realism and absurdity are so similar in the lives of American blacks one cannot tell the [...]


    11. It s hard to write a review for this collection considering that it is actually five different books put into one anthology, but I will say that all of the books were compelling and probably works I would have overlooked if they had not been included here All of them were very much worth checking out if you enjoy old crime novels I particularly enjoyed and was surprised by Pick Up which has a lot of the elements that the French existentialists liked in American noirs around this period.


    12. A fantastic collection of stories Great range and variety, but they all fall under the same theme Definitely have to be read in the context of their time, there s some interesting issues around race or gender, although often the author s awareness of those issues is as remarkable as the presence of them Fascinating and entertaining little collection of dirty, bloody little stories They aren t all equally good, but there were none I regret reading.


    13. Another great collection of American pulp fiction Typically, the word pulp connotes low brow literature, but there s some serious literary excellence contained in these pages My favorites definitely Jim Thompson Patricia Highsmith Both novels function as compelling character studies of the criminal mind, and they succeed in their endeavors just as much as any work of high literature I fully recommend this book.


    14. A terrific collection, even better than the companion volume with novels from the 30s and 40s This anthology has made me acquainted with some novels I might not otherwise have known I liked all of them and some were downright brilliant.


    15. This edition from Library of America is a pleasure to read since the 800 pages are printed on bible thin paper I d already read 3 of the 5 books collected here, but they are classics that cannot disappear into pulp obscurity I love this publisher.


    16. I don t like mystery I took American Crime Fiction during undergraduate career because I liked the professor who was teaching it, nothing else This book, however, changed my perspective on the hard boiled genre completely It is truly the book to pick up if you re a mystery skeptic.


    17. Only 4 stars because all of these authors need than one novel to be representative of their work, and of the period and genre thay worked in The selection is based on popularity than quality of the particular novel Still, a great introduction to quality pulp.


    18. The second volume of the stellar series by the laudable Library of America, this volume contains tales on the dark pulse of humanity The Killer Inside Me and Down There are outstanding.


    19. Not much to say about some great crime novels Three very different books bound together with the noir sobriquet Every one of these was worth reading A great way to end my Jim Thompson spree.


    20. Five superbly strange and literate 1950s American crime novels Not always politically correct, often shocking, and all prime examples of a uniquely American point of view.


    21. Very strong collection I was less blown away than with Polito s 30s and 40s anthology but that s just nitpicking Worth it alone for The Killer Inside Me and Pickup.




    22. I only read the first story in this book, The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson It was for book club and I could only find it from the library in this compilation version.




    23. Only read Real Cool Killers from the collection Overly violent, unrealistic, didn t seem to be able to make up its mind what it wanted to be, very disappointing.


    24. Very dark Extremely well written collection featuring, drunks, grifters, killers and all matter of desperate people.



    25. Thieves Like Us was a good story The Postman Always Rings Twice and They Shoot Horses, Don t They were both bit box office hits.


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