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Jim Thompson (1) (1906–1977)

Autor/a de The Killer Inside Me

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Sobre l'autor

American novelist and screenwriter Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma on September 27, 1906. In Fort Worth, Texas during prohibition, he worked as a bellboy at the Hotel Texas for two years where he earned up to $300 a week by supplying hotel patrons with bootleg liquor, heroin, and mostra'n més marijuana. During the Depression, he worked with the Oklahoma Federal Writers Project and was a member of the Communist Party from 1935 to 1938. During World War II, he worked at an aircraft factory where he was investigated by the FBI for his Communist Party affiliation. His first novel, Now and on Earth, was published in 1942. He wrote more than thirty novels during his lifetime and most of them were paperback pulp crime novels. His best known works are The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman, and Pop. 1280. In 1955, he moved to Hollywood, California to write screenplays with Stanley Kubrick. Thompson helped write The Killing and Paths of Glory. He died after a series of strokes in Los Angeles, California on April 7, 1977. His long-time alcoholism and recent self-inflicted starvation contributed to his death. His death attracted little attention because none of his novels were in print in the U.S. at that time. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Jim Thompson nr.1 Foto: Sharon Thompson Reed


Obres de Jim Thompson

The Killer Inside Me (1952) 2,363 exemplars
1280 ànimes (1964) 1,260 exemplars
Els Tramposos (1963) 1,161 exemplars
La Fugida (1959) 867 exemplars
After Dark, My Sweet (1955) 687 exemplars
Un Dimoni de dona (1954) 620 exemplars
Savage Night (1953) 484 exemplars
Una Mossa estupenda (1954) 406 exemplars
Nothing More Than Murder (1949) 337 exemplars
L'Assassinat (1957) 313 exemplars
The Nothing Man (1954) 299 exemplars
The Alcoholics (1953) 282 exemplars
Wild Town (1957) 270 exemplars
El criminal (1953) 265 exemplars
Recoil (1953) 254 exemplars
Bad Boy (1953) 241 exemplars
La Casa del parcer (1952) 236 exemplars
South of Heaven (1967) 225 exemplars
Texas by the Tail (1990) 224 exemplars
Now and On Earth (1994) 213 exemplars
Roughneck (1989) 204 exemplars
The Rip-Off (1989) 196 exemplars
The Golden Gizmo (1954) 188 exemplars
Paths of Glory [1957 film] (1957) — Screenwriter — 180 exemplars
The Transgressors (1986) 140 exemplars
King Blood (1980) 131 exemplars
Heed the Thunder (1946) 129 exemplars
The Killing [1956 film] (1956) — Screenwriter — 98 exemplars
Fireworks: The Lost Writings (1988) 91 exemplars
Hardcore (1900) 54 exemplars
Child of Rage (1988) 51 exemplars
Ironside (1967) 30 exemplars
The Second Jim Thompson Omnibus (1997) 20 exemplars
More Hard Core: 3 Novels (1987) 19 exemplars
Vita da niente (1990) 12 exemplars
Forever After (2009) 6 exemplars
Vite in gioco (1993) 4 exemplars
Una chica de buen ver (1954) 3 exemplars
Oltre il buio (1992) 3 exemplars
L'indice judiciaire 3 exemplars
The Cellini Chalice 3 exemplars
Una cabaña en el sur (1989) 2 exemplars
Nothing but a man 1 exemplars
Ville sans loi (2018) 1 exemplars
La cabane du métayer (2019) 1 exemplars
ROMANZI 1 exemplars
Ecrits perdus, 1929-1967 (1990) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s (1997) — Col·laborador — 518 exemplars
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Col·laborador — 347 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) — Col·laborador — 233 exemplars
The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction (1987) — Col·laborador — 213 exemplars
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (A Gaslight Mystery) (2015) — Author photo, algunes edicions211 exemplars
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Col·laborador — 181 exemplars
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (1996) — Col·laborador — 69 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Thompson, Jim
Nom oficial
Thompson, James Myers
Altres noms
Dillon, James
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Cremated, Ashes scattered
Lloc de naixement
Anadarko, Oklahoma Territory, USA
Lloc de defunció
Los Angeles, California, USA
Causa de la mort
Llocs de residència
Anadarko, Oklahoma, USA (birth)
Los Angeles, California, USA (death)
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
University of Oklahoma
University of Nebraska
oil field laborer
Oklahoma Federal Writers Project
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW. The Wobblies)
Communist Party USA (1935-38)
Biografia breu
James Myers Thompson was a United States writer of novels, short stories and screenplays, largely in the hardboiled style of crime fiction.

Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the late-1940s through mid-1950s. Despite some positive critical notice, notably by Anthony Boucher in the New York Times, he was little-recognized in his lifetime. Only after death did Thompson's literary stature grow, when in the late 1980s, several novels were re-published in the Black Lizard series of re-discovered crime fiction.

Thompson's writing culminated in a few of his best-regarded works: The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman and Pop. 1280. In these works, Thompson turned the derided pulp genre into literature and art, featuring unreliable narrators, odd structure, and surrealism.

The writer R.V. Cassills has suggested that of all pulp fiction, Thompson's was the rawest and most harrowing; that neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler nor even Horace McCoy, author of the bleak They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, ever "wrote a book within miles of Thompson". [1] Similarly, in the introduction to Now and on Earth, Stephen King says he most admires Thompson's work because "The guy was over the top. The guy was absolutely over the top. Big Jim didn't know the meaning of the word stop. There are three brave lets inherent in the forgoing: he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it."

Thompson admired Fyodor Dostoevsky and was nicknamed "Dimestore Dostoevsky" by writer Geoffrey O'Brien. Film director Stephen Frears, who directed an adaptation of Thompson's The Grifters as 1990's The Grifters, also identified elements of Greek tragedy in his themes.



I really enjoy Thompson, but. man, he can put you through the wringer. His protagonists are just so flat-out im- or at least amoral that the reading can be, well, uncomfortable. This book is no exception, with a war-wounded dissolute and embittered newspaperman, whose rage at the world is taken out on all those around him - ex-wife, colleagues, chief of police, etc. The characters are good, and even if not likeable are enjoyable. There's a real sense of place and period... it's a good, engaging, slightly idiosyncratic noir.

Thompson does a good job of keeping you just off balance - whenever you think you know on where it's all going to land up he just knocks you a different way.

This has some lighter moments compared with other Thompson novels, and in the end the misanthropy is somewhat, well, evened-up, so long as you don't take it too seriously. And in the end I think that's the one niggle I have - other Thompson novels seem serious, weighty. This one I had to take a little less seriously in order to enjoy it.
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thisisstephenbetts | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Nov 25, 2023 |
This was a dark book. It holds up pretty well but I am not always a fan of some of the noir conventions. Not a feel good book in any way. Don't read this if you need something light and peppy. I will admit I am surprised it took me so long to read it. This is the type of mystery I would have swallowed whole as a kid.
cdaley | Hi ha 82 ressenyes més | Nov 2, 2023 |
Very well done and hugely disturbing, this was as difficult-to-read as any book I can recall. "Intense" does not do it justice. Strange as this novel was, and shocking as it was, the character of the narrator-protagonist was believable ... frighteningly so. He was a well-respected member of his small town community who people believed was kind, caring and without guile. I will go no further w/o spoilers.
RickGeissal | Hi ha 82 ressenyes més | Aug 16, 2023 |
i might have "really liked" this novel, but some of the hype got to when the writing got spotty--only a few times, but still--i was annoyed.
alison-rose | Hi ha 24 ressenyes més | May 22, 2023 |



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