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The Postman Always Rings Twice : A novel by James M. Cain

The Postman Always Rings Twice : A novel by James M. Cain


New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 1934. Later reprint copy. Hardcover. 187 pages ; 20 cm. Unpriced dust jacket with 2' portion of the dust jacket tail missing. Minor chips, rips and tears to dust jacket edges. Orange cover board with black title. Pages toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.


James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Md., in 1892. He attended Washington College at Chestertown, Md., and entered newspaper work in 1917 with the Baltimore American. The following year he went over to the Baltimore Sun, with which he stayed until 1923—except for a period with the A. E. F. He became Professor of Journalism at St John's College, Annapolis, on leaving the Sun; but he soon moved on to become an editorial writer for the New York World. Upon its demise he went to California, where he has remained ever since, writing scenarios and magazine pieces.

Mr. Cain began contributing to the American Mercury when it was founded by H. L. Mencken in 1923; and among his work of this time was a series of dialogues of low politicians, written for a weekly column in the World and subsequently published in book form with the title Our Government. He tried writing plays but was never satisfied with the results. He tried a short story, The Baby in the Ice Box; it was published in the American Mercury and attracted much attention. He tried a novel; it was called The Postman Always Rings Twice. Its reception was phenomenal He tried another novel, Serenade; and with it, his place as one of our very few first-rate story-tellers was secure.


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