Providing an overview of all of Cain's fiction, including an analysis of the major themes of his entire literary career, the book also describes Cain's impact on and importance in 20th-century culture, film in particular. In addition to a biographical summary and thematic outline of Cain's nearly 50-year career, Madden and Mecholsky examine how Cain's works explore the nightmare consequences of the persistent American dream. Finally, Madden and Mecholsky consider Cain's technical innovations of the novel and survey the major film adaptations of Cain's novels.
With its significant in-depth analysis and a foreword by Edgar-award winning author Max Allan Collins, this volume will be of interest to Cain scholars as well as anyone interested in 20th century American literature and film.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
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Table of Contents
Foreword: James M. Cain-Father of Noir Max Allan Collins vii
1 The Twenty-Minute Egg of the Hard-Boiled School 1
2 The Mark of Cain: The Love-Rack and the Wish-Come-True 37
3 The American Character in Shadow 77
4 Cain and the "Pure" Novel 95
5 Cain at the Movies 131
6 Impact of Cain and the Tough Guys 173
About the Authors 217