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James M. Cain

James M. CainAKA James Mallahan Cain

Born: 1-Jul-1892
Birthplace: Annapolis, MD
Died: 27-Oct-1977
Location of death: University Park, MD
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Other (donated to science)

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Postman Always Rings Twice

Military service: US Army (WWI, 79th Division)

"James Cain - faugh! Everything he touches smells like a billygoat. He is every kind of writer I detest, a faux naix, a Proust in greasy overalls, a dirty little boy with a piece of chalk and a board fence and nobody looking. Such people are the offal of literature, not because they write about dirty things, but because they do it in a dirty way." Raymond Chandler.

Father: (president of Washington College)
Wife: Aileen Pringle
Wife: Florence Macbeth Whitwell (wife #4, opera singer)

    University: Washington College, Chestertown, MD (1910)
    University: MA, Washington College, Chestertown, MD
    Professor: St. John's College, Annapolis (1923-24)

    The New Yorker Managing Editor (1931)
    The New York World Editorial Writer (1924-31)
    The Baltimore Sun Reporter (1919-23)
    Edgar Allan Poe Award Grand Master (1970)
    Irish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

Author of books:
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934, novel)
Double Indemnity (1936, novel)
Serenade (1937, novel)
Mildred Pierce (1941, novel)
Three of a Kind (1943, novellas)
Past All Dishonor (1946, novel)
The Butterfly (1947, novel)
The Moth (1948, novel)
The Root of His Evil (1954, novel)
Mignon (1962, novel)
The Magician's Wife (1965, novel)
Rainbow's End (1975, novel)

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