Michelle Dean writes about Vera Caspary and her novel “Laura.” She was a “ career girl” avant la lettre and never seems to have pictured or. Vera Caspary wrote thrillers — but not like any other author of her time by Caspary’s device, as does the Brian De Palma film Obsession. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Noir in a nutshell” — Anthony Lane * New Yorker * “A sleek, Laura (Vintage Classics) – Kindle edition by Vera Caspary. Download it.

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The couple returned to Hollywood early in Januarybut found the climate in Hollywood had gone from chilly to severe. The characters are well fleshed out. By the time lwura father died inCaspary was fully supporting her mother, who was impressed that her daughter caspqry pound money out of a typewriter.

Sep 14, Antonius Block added it Shelves: Caspary also wrote several successful screenplays, and received a Screen Writers Guild Award in Here’s one good reason why the movie, Laura, is so great.

The novel contains a very telling scene that ought to have been in the film. Hearst’s Castle in Wales, St Donat’s — all but empty and abandoned during the war it provided much needed seclusion for her to write the story.

Nonetheless, one of the last things her mother would do before she died was to scold her for associating lqura “filthy reds”. The novel Evvie about two emancipated girls in the s and xaspary based on her own experiences, [1] was begun in London, continued in New York, finished czspary Beverly Hills, and proofed in Paris.

It meant owning myself, possessing all my silly and useless routines, being the sole mistress of my habits. The absurdity of some of the plot devices and police procedures only strengthen this view of the story as essentially a sociological mystery, as it were.

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Apr 29, TJ rated it really liked it Shelves: For Vera Caspary’s LauraI would honestly call the enjoyment I found in both mediums more of a draw. Laura won lasting renown as an Academy Award-nominated film, the greatest noir ee of all time. A Journal of Detection. Upon returning caxpary Greenwich village, Caspary was invited to join the Communist party by a very prominent playwright, and did so, though under the alias of ‘Lucy Sheridan’.


I read an article about a book written inwhich, unfortunately, the critic said Good, short novel, evocative of a very specific time and place, the early ‘s. Caspary knows all about it, because she was one of them, struggling to make a career as an advertising czspary, living in rundown boarding-houses,trying to make ends meet, dreaming of one day finding true love among the skyscrapers.

How wrong I vra Restores to print the greatest work by a gifted and prolific writer with a fascinating casparh history.

Shelby has good looks, good breeding and a lot of succes with women, but he is lost in the jungle of New York, a habitat where he is closer to the role of gigolo than to that of bread-winner. Yet I am bound to tell this story, just as he was obliged to continue his searches, out of a deep emotional involvement in the case of Laura Hunt.

I should have been an actor. At the age of fifty, she married Igee, the love of her life, and they split their time between Europe and California. I fancy myself a pensive figure drawn, without conscious will, into a love that was borne of violence and destined for tragedy. And then one night while sitting in her old apartment musing the case, a woman in rain soaked clothes enters.

Its plot was caspafy of Fannie Hurst ‘s Imitation of Lifeabout a Southern black woman who moves North and passes as white. Bibliographic Guide to Dance.

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Greece, Las Vegas, New England—all the places they had meant to go. Her writing talent shone from a young age and, following the death of her father, her work became the primary source of income for Caspary and her mother.

She visited Moscow and Leningrad, visiting factories, seeing the “worker’s paradise”, and finding time to attend the ballet, where a Russian Jewish gentleman proposed to her during the intermission. Caspary wrote twenty-one novels, including Bedelia and Stranger than Truthbut Laura was her first major success.

What a siren I had thought myself, Laura Hunt, to have won the love of a man born without the capacity for loving! The Washington Post called Caspary’s life “a Baedeker of the 20th century.


Kurezan Waldo has a massive ego, and this is reflected in his writing and narration. When tea shows up, you are not at the exciting part. Laura Hunt had the face of an angel, the kind that makes men weak at the knees and turn them into ad-hoc poets.

The film version works because it brings the vivid, colorful characters to life, finding a voice for each that is highly distinguished from the others. Perhaps he has come back to arrest me.

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Soon she was writing the instructions for a mail-order course for the Sergei Marinoff School of Classic Dancing, though she knew nothing about ballet. I set such high expectations on this book that I don’t think it ever could have lived up to them.

Guess I’ll have to track the classic down and discover for myself! I felt nothing, neither shivering repulsion nor answering flame. In Marchshe again quit her job to write full time, and her novel Music in the Street would be set in a working girl’s home.

What a masterpiece it would have been if it did! It is during McPherson’s narration we get to see events as they really are, bringing about for the reader an understanding of the detective’s thought process and actions so twisted out of context by Lydecker. I watched the movie first and felt that the twist was not only handled well, but was so deliciously shocking. A girl had died On finishing high school, Caspary decided not to go to college but to seek a writing job, and wound up a stenographer.

Maybe it is because he can recognize the finer things in life and express his reverence so eloquently for art, books, and plays. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.