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The Resource Alias S. S. Van Dine, John Loughery

Alias S. S. Van Dine, John Loughery

Label
Alias S. S. Van Dine
Title
Alias S. S. Van Dine
Statement of responsibility
John Loughery
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
During the first four tumultuous decades of this century, Willard Huntington Wright lived two lives: before World War I, he was a pioneering art critic and editor of the avant-garde magazine The Smart Set, who numbered among his friends Alfred Stieglitz, H. L. Mencken, and Theodore Dreiser. In the 1920s, he transformed himself into S. S. Van Dine, one of America's best-selling authors. Mysteries featuring his detective Philo Vance--The Benson Murder Case, The "Canary" Murder Case, The Bishop Murder Case, among others--sold more than a million copies by the end of the decade, and dominated book sales during the first rough months of the Great Depression. Even by the standards of the Jazz Age, Wright lived an outsized life--in his palatial Manhattan penthouse he maintained an aquarium of two thousand exotic fish. But by the late 1930s, he was a broken, desperate man consumed by the fear of failure that had shadowed him all his life. The fashions of detective fiction had changed--Wright deplored the "all booze and erections style" of his competitor Dashiell Hammett--and he was reduced to writing novelizations of his failed screenplays in order to get by. John Loughery depicts in bewitching detail the rise and fall of a writer who helped create the modern detective novel, and tells with heartbreaking eloquence the story of a man whose fame ultimately destroyed him. Re-creating the artistic spirit of a lost world, Alias S. S. Van Dine is a brilliant work of literary archaeology that resurrects a man, his books, and the era whose glamour and flaws he came to represent so completely
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Loughery, John
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • Novelists, American
  • Van Dine, S. S
Label
Alias S. S. Van Dine, John Loughery
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
With The Smart Set -- Thayer's Revenge -- Beginnings -- The School of Mencken -- The Birth of Synchromism -- Battling for Modern Art -- A Man of Letters -- Critics and Spies -- Setbacks -- In the Shadows -- "S. S. Van Dine" -- A New Life -- Break with the Past -- Kennels, Dragons, and Casinos -- The Last Years -- An Orderly End
Control code
24504707
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684193588
Lccn
91032328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(WaOLN)1450741
Label
Alias S. S. Van Dine, John Loughery
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
With The Smart Set -- Thayer's Revenge -- Beginnings -- The School of Mencken -- The Birth of Synchromism -- Battling for Modern Art -- A Man of Letters -- Critics and Spies -- Setbacks -- In the Shadows -- "S. S. Van Dine" -- A New Life -- Break with the Past -- Kennels, Dragons, and Casinos -- The Last Years -- An Orderly End
Control code
24504707
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684193588
Lccn
91032328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(WaOLN)1450741

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