Hardback Noir

 

Spanish

Raymond Chandler, Spanish Blood, The World Publishing Company Tower Mystery, 1946

It is well known that hardboiled stories, which we would now describe as noir, first appeared in 1920s pulps magazines. And that, from the early 1940s, noir novels were circulated as paperback reprints or, in many cases, paperback originals. This belies the fact that the influential, early hardboiled novels were published as hardbacks, complete with polished dust jackets. This benefited especially hardboiled writers of the 1930s, before the triumph of paperbacks. But even after that, noir authors whose books had been published as hardbacks tended to find an easier way into the modern canon of noir literature. While paperback warranted circulation (as the case of Spillane made clear), hardback still anchored conservation, and hence institutionalisation.

Burnette

W. R. Burnett, Little Caesar, Lincoln MacVeagh, The Dial Press, 1929

redh

Dashiell Hammett,  Red Harvest Alfred A. Knopf, 1929

  Dain Curse

Dashiell Hammett,  The Dain Curse, Alfred A. Knopf, 1929

Falco

Dashiell Hammett,  The Maltese Falcon, Alfred A. Knopf, 1930

Green

Raoul Whitfield,  Green Ice,   Alfred A. Knopf, 1930

Silver

W. R. Burnett, The Silver Eagle, Lincoln MacVeagh, The Dial Press, 1931

 glasskey

Dashiell Hammett, The Glass Key, Alfred A. Knopf, 1931

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 Raoul Whitfield, The Virgin Kills, Alfred A. Knopf, 1932

fastone

 Paul Cain, Fast One, Doubleday Doran, 1933

Thgine

The Thin Man, Alfred A. Knopf, 1934

Cainpostman

James M.Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice,  Alfred A. Knopf, 1934

Tracy

Don Tracy, Criss-Cross,  The Vanguard Press, 1934

Madhouse

Jonathan Latimer, Murder in the Madhouse, Doubleday, The Crime Club, 1935

Morgue

Jonathan Latimer, The Lady in the Morgue, Doubleday The Crime Club, 1936

Cain

James M.Cain, Serenade, Alfred A. Knopf, 1937

 snow

Don Tracy, Last Year’s Snow, M. S. Mill Co., Inc., 1937

Home

Horace McCoy,  I Should Have Stayed Home, Alfred A. Knopf, 1938

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Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Alfred A. Knopf,  1940

Cai three

James M.Cain,Three of a Kind, Alfred A. Knopf 1943

Farewel

  Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Alfred A. Knopf (A Black Widow Thriller), 1945 reprint

 

JuryPNG
Mickey Spillane,  I, the Jury,  E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.  1947

Burnw

W. R. Burnett,  The Asphalt Jungle,  Alfred A. Knopf, 1949

Thom

 Jim Thompson, Nothing More Than Murder,  Harper & Brothers, 1949

Omnibus

Raymond Chandler, The Raymond Chandler Omnibus, Hamish Hamilton, 1953

 Rosse

 Ross Macdonald, The Doomsters, Alfred A. Knopf, 1958

 

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