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Blues of a Lifetime

Autobiography of Cornell Woolrich

Edited by Mark T. Bassett

Publication Year: 2011

Blues of a Lifetime is essential reading for people interested in suspense novelist Cornell Woolrich, author of Rear Window. Woolrich’s autobiography includes accounts of his working methods, his family and home, memories of childhood, college experience, and his philosophy of life.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vii-xv

The world of Cornell Woolrich is both colder and more romantic than that of the "hard-boiled" writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain. Like his contemporaries, Woolrich knew how to ensnare readers within a starkly chiseled maze of corruption. He too was familiar with a landscape traversed by honor-bound detectives, ...

Blues of a Lifetime (Personal Stories)

Cornell Woolrich

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I: Remington Portable NC69411

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pp. 3-30

... We first met, you and I, a long time ago. You looked different then, I looked different then.1 Who wouldn't look different, that long a time ago? I can give you the exact date, year-date, if you want. I've a very good head for dates, a very good memory for them.2 I've seen so many of them go by. ...

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II: The Poor Girl

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pp. 31-67

... There was a fellow named Frank Van Craig, a year or possibly two years older than I, who lived a few doors up the street from me.1 I called him Frankie, as might be expected at that time of our lives, and we were more or less inseparable, although we had only got to know each other a fairly short while before this. ...

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III: Even God Felt the Depression

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pp. 68-96

... I'd hardly made a cent that whole year. Or for that matter the one before, or the one before that. The Depression had become stabilized by this time. It was now accepted as a permanent condition. The sharp downgrade had come to an end, and it had leveled off, but with that had also ended all the earlier hopes of an upturn, of a magic-wand ...

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IV: President Eisenhower's Speech

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pp. 97-123

... At nine o'clock that Wednesday evening, which was the twentieth of February, 1957, the President was to make a nationwide speech over the radio.1 This had been announced some days before, as such things always are. When she heard of it my mother expressed an interest in listening in, and she mentioned it again as we sat at the table, a short ...

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V: The Maid Who Played the Races

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pp. 124-137

... People who live transiently in hotels seldom see the maids who dean and make up their rooms for them. If at all possible, this is tactfully done while the tenants are out. They quit the room in the morning leaving a disheveled bed, a bathroomful of wilted towels, and all the rest, and when they come back later on in the day, they unlock their ...


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pp. 138-149

Appendix: Fragments from the Woolrich Archives

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pp. 150-152

E-ISBN-13: 9780299269135
Print-ISBN-13: 9780879725365

Page Count: 168
Publication Year: 2011