Book: Hard-Boiled Sentimentality

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Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Fiction

Author: Leonard Cassuto
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Publisher: Columbia University Press

Leonard Cassuto’s cultural history links the testosterone-saturated heroes of American crime stories to the sensitive women of the nineteenth-century sentimental novel. From classics like The Big Sleep and The Talented Mr. Ripley to neglected paperback gems, Cassuto chronicles the dialogue—centered on the power of sympathy—between these popular genres and the sweeping social changes of the twentieth century, ending with a surprising connection between today’s serial killers and the domestic fictions of long ago.

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