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James M. Cain

(1892—1977)


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(1892–1977),

novelist and journalist, known for his novels of racketeers and others on the criminal fringe. His books include The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934; dramatized, 1936; made into a film, 1946, 1981; adapted as an opera, 1982), a tough story, written in a popularization of Hemingway's style, about the plotting of a voluptuous girl and her lover, a young drifter, to murder her husband; Double Indemnity (1936); Serenade (1937); Mildred Pierce (1941); Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942); Past All Dishonor (1946), set in Nevada during the Civil War; The Butterfly (1947); The Moth (1948); Galatea (1953); Mignon (1962), set in New Orleans just after the Civil War; Rainbow's End (1975); and The Institute (1976). The Baby in the Icebox (1981) collects stories.

Subjects: Literature.


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