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Jim Thompson (1) (1906–1977)

Autor(a) de The Killer Inside Me

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras de Jim Thompson

The Killer Inside Me (1952) 2,413 cópias
Pop. 1280 (1964) 1,302 cópias
The Grifters (1963) 1,190 cópias
The Getaway (1959) 880 cópias
After Dark, My Sweet (1955) 700 cópias
A Hell of a Woman (1954) 635 cópias
Savage Night (1953) 488 cópias
A Swell-Looking Babe (1954) 410 cópias
Nothing More Than Murder (1949) 350 cópias
The Kill-Off (1957) 315 cópias
The Nothing Man (1954) 300 cópias
The Alcoholics (1953) 287 cópias
Wild Town (1957) 275 cópias
The Criminal (1953) 271 cópias
Recoil (1953) 259 cópias
Bad Boy (1953) 248 cópias
Cropper's Cabin (1952) 240 cópias
Texas by the Tail (1990) 231 cópias
South of Heaven (1967) 231 cópias
Now and On Earth (1994) 216 cópias
Roughneck (1989) 208 cópias
The Rip-Off (1989) 199 cópias
Paths of Glory [1957 film] (1957) — Screenwriter — 192 cópias
The Golden Gizmo (1954) 190 cópias
The Transgressors (1986) 144 cópias
King Blood (1980) 134 cópias
Heed the Thunder (1946) 133 cópias
The Killing [1956 film] (1956) — Screenwriter — 102 cópias
Fireworks: The Lost Writings (1988) 92 cópias
Hardcore (1900) 56 cópias
Child of Rage (1988) 51 cópias
Ironside (1967) 30 cópias
More Hard Core: 3 Novels (1987) 19 cópias
Vita da niente (1990) 13 cópias
Forever After (2009) 6 cópias
Vite in gioco (1993) 5 cópias
Una chica de buen ver (1954) 3 cópias
Oltre il buio (1992) 3 cópias
Una cabaña en el sur (1989) 2 cópias
Nothing but a man 1 exemplar(es)
Ville sans loi (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
La cabane du métayer (2019) 1 exemplar(es)
ROMANZI 1 exemplar(es)
The Frightening Frammis 1 exemplar(es)
Ecrits perdus, 1929-1967 (1990) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s (1997) — Contribuinte — 523 cópias
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Contribuinte — 368 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) — Contribuinte — 235 cópias
The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction (1987) — Contribuinte — 221 cópias
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (A Gaslight Mystery) (2015) — Author photo, algumas edições218 cópias
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Contribuinte — 183 cópias
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (1996) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Thompson, Jim
Nome de batismo
Thompson, James Myers
Outros nomes
Dillon, James
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Cremated, Ashes scattered
Local de nascimento
Anadarko, Oklahoma Territory, USA
Local de falecimento
Los Angeles, California, USA
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
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)
Pequena biografia
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.



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