Michelle Dean writes about Vera Caspary and her novel “Laura.” She was a “ career girl” avant la lettre and never seems to have pictured or. Vera Caspary wrote thrillers — but not like any other author of her time by Caspary’s device, as does the Brian De Palma film Obsession. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Noir in a nutshell” — Anthony Lane * New Yorker * “A sleek, Laura (Vintage Classics) – Kindle edition by Vera Caspary. Download it.
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Via the multi-perspective narrative, Caspary leads her reader down dark alleys, around blind corners, through the threats and hazards a woman must confront in negotiating her way through a male world. There is one other complication: Laura describes Shelby, showing that she is well aware of his faults: Again, Vertigo comes to mind. This is one book in the mystery genre you don’t want to miss. Thicker than Water came caspxry with good reviews, but by then even her publisher Liveright was feeling the pangs of the Great Depression and Caspary was again nearly broke.
She would not see him again for thirteen months.
When the United States declared war on Germany and Japan in early December, that story was canceled, and Caspary asked to be laid off and returned happily to her murder mystery. Taking advantage of their new-found success and status, the couple formed a production company, “Gloria Films”, producing the comedy Three Husbands with Eve Arden and Ruth Warwickand the film noir the Scarf starring John Ireland and Mercedes McCambridge.
I should have been an actor. Apr 20, Caspar rated it liked it Shelves: Sleep, dried soap, and shoe leather. When she and Lenihan weren’t present, the producers even rewrote the play themselves.
Views Read Edit View history. Despite their efforts, Olney could not secure backing and gave up the option on the play.
Pagina anterior Proxima pagina. He has recently recovered from being shot, and so not only is he gaining a reputation for being smart and creative, but he has also proven his metal as well. This last sale, the couple deposited in New York, which caspady fortunate as it would be a long time before they worked again in Hollywood.
That was actually one of my favorite things about this book. Another slow start to a book and this time it was because I had made assumptions wrong as it turned out about the author Vera Caspary. The play formed alura basis for the film Working Girls directed by Dorothy Arzner.
The Washington Post called Caspary’s life “a Baedeker of the 20th century. Auntie Sue said that when a woman feels the need for a man that way, she ought to have a baby. The secrets of grown-ups. Sitting at my desk, pen in hand, I treasured the sense that among those millions, only I, Waldo Lydecker, was up and doing. I casoary an article about a book written inwhich, unfortunately, the critic said Good, short novel, evocative of a very specific time and place, the lakra ‘s.
Caspary also wrote plays and movies. This is a riveting story that will appeal to all readers who love the classics in the field The day just past, devoted to shock and misery, had stripped me of sorrow.
You can feel the tension on every page, starting with the book’s evocative opening: By this point in the Depression many intellectuals were flirting with Socialist lara, and Ornitz tried to interest Caspary by giving her the Communist ManifestoThe Daily Worker and other materials.
After living together for the better part of seven years, they were married within the week.
See all 4 questions about Laura…. I’m told the movie made from the book changed some of the plot. Ultimately it the twist in this mystery that makes it memorable.
She called their bluff and agreed to it; however they were reluctant to let her go quietly, and agreed to call it a “temporary leave of absence”. He is a collector of fine china and glassware and quite clearly a phony, but what is he really hiding behind the polished public persona?