Dorothy B. Hughes


Born
in Kansas City, MO, The United States
August 10, 1904

Died
May 06, 1993

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Dorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) was a mystery author and literary critic. Born in Kansas City, she studied at Columbia University, and won an award from the Yale Series of Younger Poets for her first book, the poetry collection Dark Certainty (1931). After writing several unsuccessful manuscripts, she published The So Blue Marble in 1940. A New York–based mystery, it won praise for its hardboiled prose, which was due, in part, to Hughes’s editor, who demanded she cut 25,000 words from the book.

Hughes published thirteen more novels, the best known of which are In a Lonely Place (1947) and Ride the Pink Horse (1946). Both were made into successful films. In the early fifties, Hughes largely stopped writing fiction, preferring to focus on critic
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In a Lonely Place

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4.08 avg rating — 3,910 ratings — published 1947 — 26 editions
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The Expendable Man

4.02 avg rating — 1,239 ratings — published 1963 — 12 editions
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Ride the Pink Horse

3.91 avg rating — 329 ratings — published 1946 — 3 editions
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The Blackbirder

3.67 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 1943 — 3 editions
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The So Blue Marble (Griseld...

3.36 avg rating — 227 ratings — published 1940 — 4 editions
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Erle Stanley Gardner: The C...

3.99 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1978
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Dread Journey

3.60 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1945 — 16 editions
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The Fallen Sparrow

3.41 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 1942 — 18 editions
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The Bamboo Blonde (Griselda...

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1941 — 2 editions
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The Candy Kid

3.43 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 1950
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“I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.”
Dorothy B. Hughes, In a Lonely Place

“He'd always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite.”
Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man

“I was born when he kissed me, I died when he left me, I lived a few weeks while he loved me”
Dorothy B Hughes, In a Lonely Place

Polls

January 2020 New School Classic Poll

Stoner by John Williams, 1965, 278 pages
 
  80 votes, 27.6%

Blindness by José Saramago, 1995, 326 pages
 
  76 votes, 26.2%

Quicksand by Nella Larsen, 1928, 192 pages
 
  42 votes, 14.5%

A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul, 1979, 326 pages
 
  39 votes, 13.4%

In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes, 1947, 256 pages
 
  34 votes, 11.7%

The Fixer by Bernard Malamud, 1966, 335 pages
 
  19 votes, 6.6%

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