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Patrick Hamilton

(1904—1962) novelist and playwright


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(1904–62),

wrote several successful plays, including Rope (1929) and Gas Light (1939), both thrillers. His novels include a trilogy (The Midnight Bell, 1929; The Siege of Pleasure, 1932; The Plains of Cement, 1934) published in 1935 as Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky, which deals respectively with the interlocking lives of Bob, a waiter, Jenny, a prostitute, and Ella, a barmaid; Hangover Square (1941), a thriller set in Earls Court; and The Slaves of Solitude (1947), a novel of boarding‐house life in wartime. All the novels show a preoccupation with the perils and pleasures of drinking, and Hamilton's Marxism is expressed in his compassion for the hopelessness of his characters' lives.

Subjects: Literature.


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