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(12/12/2008) Love & Night: Unknown Stories by Cornell Woolrich. Tucson. 2007. Dennis McMillan Publications Publications. Edited By Francis M. Nevins. keywords: Literature America Mystery. 236 pages. Jacket design by Michael Kellner. 9780939767588.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   CORNELL WOOLRICH was the Alfred Hitchcock of the written word just as Hitchcock was the Woolrich of the moving image. Thanks to satellite TV and DVDs we can access most of the lesser-known Hitchcock films that are not centrally concerned with crime and suspense - and discover that many of them have close links with his suspense classics. But the lesser-known Woolrich stories, tales that likewise fall out of the suspense field but have countless links with his suspense masterpieces, have remained unseen and unread for seventy to eighty years. In LOVE AND NIGHT, Francis M. Nevins has brought together 15 Woolrich stories, first published between 1926 and 1939, and never reprinted since, in which crime and suspense are peripheral at best but the trademark Woolrich motifs, devices, sardonic humor and compulsive word magic are as strong as ever. With their vivid portraits of life and love and economic and sexual exploitation during the last of the carefree Twenties, then headlong into the depths of the Depression, these tales will surprise and delight the countless readers for whom Woolrich is a cult figure - and anyone else who may not until now have encountered the world that haunted Woolrich his entire life.

Mystery writer and retired law professor Francis M. Nevins is the author of the Edgar-winning CORNELL WOOLRICH: FIRST YOU DREAM, THEN YOU DIE, the editor of several previous Woolrich collections, and a consultant to the Woolrich estate.

 

 

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