Everything of his I've ever read was at least very good...I never understood why he was not a commercial success (same applies to Jim Thompson). Goodis published (per Stop, You're Killing Me about a dozen novels between age 30 and age 40. He died when he was 50 (1967).
Kind of a cult writer, I think. He's never managed to break out with a wide audience. Thompson came a little closer.
I writer to treasure. When I reviewed KEEP RUNNING I compared the writing to Goodis'... which shows where Goodis ranks.
Died at age 49.
He has been my favorite writer since I read Nightfall in 1983. I didn't think anyone could knock Raymond to second on my list but I was wrong. A few years ago I got to present a paper at a scholarly conference about his rather sudden and surprising move into literary respectability, which started when Library of America issued a collection of five of his novels.
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