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Hard-Boiled Sentimentality The Secret History of American Crime Stories

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ISBN-10: 0231126913

ISBN-13: 9780231126915

Edition: 2008

Authors: Leonard Cassuto

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At last, a cultural history of the hard-boiled crime genre from its origins to the present-one that recovers the fascinating link between tough guys and sensitive women. The testosterone-saturated heroes of American crime fiction owe a debt to the women of the nineteenth-century sentimental novel. Ranging from classics like The Big Sleepand The Talented Mr. Ripleyto neglected paperback gems, Leonard Cassuto chronicles the dialogue-centered on the power of sympathy-between self-consciously masculine American crime stories and American literature's most female genre. Cassuto moves smoothly from Sam Spade to Hannibal Lecter against the backdrop of the sweeping social changes of the twentieth…    
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.94" wide x 9.02" long x 0.81" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Leonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University.

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