The place to look for the origins of the literary private eye is in 19th century France with the character of Eugene Francois Vidocq.
Archives: Sam Spade
Readers track down more crimes against English; Ross Macdonald; newsletter, Jan. 19, 2018January 22, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter.
This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (4,379) on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Hi, Winter has settled in in a big way in my part of the world. Plenty of time for indoor activities, the most important of which is reading. But that’s not the only one. Some writing and some painting • Read More »
More on the ‘private eye’ and Dashiell Hammett; lots of reader response this weekJanuary 1, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter, Private eye.
This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (4,431) on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Hi, A lot of you readers took the time to respond to various parts of the newsletter last week, and I have included some of those responses here. Thanks to you all. Your responses make great reading, and I • Read More »
The ‘private eye,’ in the beginning: Dashiell HammettDecember 27, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, Private eye, writers, writing.
Dashiell Hammett knew what a private detective should be. He knew because he had been one, and he had been taught by the very best. Born in Maryland in 1894, Hammett had failed at most everything he tried in the first two decades of his life. Intelligent, tall, and handsome, he did not finish school, • Read More »
Trouble is their business: the ‘private eye’ and the writers who created themDecember 21, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | 2 Comments | Filed in: Private eye, writers, writing.
The opening scene of Raymond Chandler’s story Trouble is My Business tells you a lot in a very few words about Chandler’s “private eye,” Phillip Marlowe. Marlow is talking to a woman who runs a detective agency, a big one with several agents. But none of her people is suitable for the job she has. • Read More »