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Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 1940s, and American Noir of the 1950s
(n.p.), Library of America, (1997). Advance copies, in the form of unbound signatures (i.e. folded and gathered sheets) of both volumes issued by the Library of America, here sent for review to the New York Times. Collects 11 noir novels, by Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, Cornell Woolrich, Horace McCoy, David Goodis, Chester Himes, Charles Willeford, James M. Cain, Kenneth Fearing, William Lindsay Gresham, and Edward Anderson. The publication of these two volumes, and the reprinting of the 11 novels in them, serve as confirmation of their being a part of the American literary canon, even though some of them were originally only published as paperback originals, a format that was long considered more or less disposable. Fine, but for small remnant of an old rubber band, now replaced. With accompanying letter and publicity information. Uncommon in any sort of advance format. [#036235] SOLD

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