Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die
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Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die

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Cornell Woolrich was called the Poe of the 20th century and the poet of its shadows. He lived a life of such deep despair and terror that he could do nothing with its experiences but put them between the covers of some of the century's finest novels of suspense.

Born the child of a broken marriage in 1903, Woolrich spent his childhood in revolutionary Mexico, coming to New...more
Hardcover, 613 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Mysterious Press
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This book has started out by frustrating me because of the way it was written-it explains all Woolrich's works in chapter by chapter detail. I am more interested in his life and if I want to know about his works I can read them myself. What is written of his life is engaging so I will probably skip alot of detail in this book.
I also found this book (of over 600 pages) frustrating as well.
I had never read one like it before. Woolrich's books all take
centre stage, all of their plots are described minutely - almost
chapter by chapter. As a person obsessed with silents and early
talkies, I could read Woolrich's love of movies into the plots of
his first novels (1928-1931) - his heroes are putty in the hands
of women who seem only interested in wealth and having a good time,
once the money runs out they are gone and the hero d...more
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