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Of Grifters, Killers & Cops
| || ||On this day in 1977, the pulp-noir writer Jim Thompson died. "Just you wait," Thompson told his wife shortly before his death, "I'll become famous after I'm dead about ten years." Thirteen years later, The Grifters received four Oscar nominations, and then a handful of other books were turned into films, and today nearly all of Thompson's books are back in print.|
Stendhal's 52-Day Novel
| || ||On this day in 1839, Stendhal's last novel appeared in French bookshops, the product of fifty-two days of total seclusion and continuous dictation. The aging author had started using a copyist-secretary in 1835, when eyeglasses had become a necessity. This marathon session resulted in The Charterhouse of Parma -- "the collected and embellished memories of a man who is waiting to die."|