There are 3 critical essays on The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Critical Essays on The Postman Always Rings Twice
Critical Essay by Tom S. Reck
2,626 words, approx. 9 pages
The literary reputation of James M. Cain is evidence of justice denied, a classic example of scholarly myopia toward the man whose novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (and we have Camus's word for this) was a model for The Stranger. Critics offer some begrudging admissions about Cain's power but mainly they only patronize his work. Typical comments say things like "good writing on less than good material," "a bath in sensationalism," or "hard-boiled hocus-po...
Critical Essay by Edmund Wilson
672 words, approx. 2 pages
Let us begin with Mr. Cain and his school. The Postman Always Rings Twice came out in 1934; and Mr. Cain's second novel, Serenade, in 1937. They were followed by other similar novels which apparently derived from Mr. Cain. The whole group stemmed originally from Hemingway, but it was Hemingway turned picaresque; and it had its connections also with the new school of mystery writers of the type of Dashiell Hammett. Mr. Cain remained the best of these novelists. (pp. 19-20)
Critical Essay by Franklin P. Adams
283 words, approx. 1 pages
Mr. Cain has written the most engrossing, unlaydownable book that I have any memory of…. "The Postman Always Rings Twice" is so continuously exciting that if you can put it down before you've finished it, you are not the reader I think you are…. To my mind, its style, which some will compare with Hemingway's, is better than most of Hemingway's, and as good as the Hemingway of "Twenty Grand." It is as tightly written, and as vernacularly dictapho...
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