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Re: David Gordon waxes on the nocturnal inferno in Woolrich's DEADLINE AT DAWN
Yes, thanks. Many of the biographers of the 70s and 80s who focus on aspects of the hardboiled are too ham-fisted about psychological issues, and that is the major weakness of Nevins' work. Have you read BLUES OF A LIFETIME, the cryptic "autobiography" that Woolrich wrote and sequestered away? Within it there are intimations of at least a confused/contorted sexuality that would seem more accurate as a kind of force field for the despair and alienation that drive so much of the action in Woolrich's fiction. He seemed to have an intense desire to keep that locked up in various forms of misdirection...