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James M. Cain

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James M. Cain


Born
in Annapolis, Maryland, The United States
July 01, 1892

Died
October 27, 1977

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James Mallahan Cain (July 1, 1892–October 27, 1977) was an American journalist and novelist. Although Cain himself vehemently opposed labeling, he is usually associated with the hard-boiled school of American crime fiction and seen as one of the creators of the "roman noir."

He was born into an Irish Catholic family in Annapolis, Maryland, the son of a prominent educator and an opera singer. He inherited his love for music from his mother, but his high hopes of starting a career as a singer himself were thwarted when she told him that his voice was not good enough.

After graduating from Washington College where his father, James W. Cain served as president, in 1910, he began working as a journalist for The Baltimore Sun.

He was drafted into th
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“If your writing doesn't keep you up at night, it won't keep anyone else up either”
James M. Cain

“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice

“You have to wait for your mind to catch up with whatever it is it’s working on; then you can write a novel.”
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October 2015 Short Story Poll

 
  34 votes, 26.4%

 
  29 votes, 22.5%

1952, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages
 
  23 votes, 17.8%

1953, A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor, 25 pages Title Story
 
  18 votes, 14.0%

1941, Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 98 pages
 
  13 votes, 10.1%

 
  5 votes, 3.9%

1936, Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.3%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

1897, Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham, 128 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.6%

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