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Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories

 
 
 
 
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories
Author: Leonard Cassuto
ISBN 13: 9780231126915
ISBN 10: 231126913
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2008-11-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
List Price: $30.00
 
 

Leonard Cassuto's cultural history links the testosterone-saturated heroes of American crime stories to the sensitive women of the nineteenth-century sentimental novel. From classics like The Big Sleep and The Talented Mr. Ripley to neglected paperback gems, Cassuto chronicles the dialogue& mdash;centered on the power of sympathy& mdash;between these popular genres and the sweeping social changes of the twentieth century, ending with a surprising connection between today's serial killers and the domestic fictions of long ago.