Sunday, September 30, 2007

When Was the Term "Hard-Boiled" First Applied to Fiction?

The Straight Dope is on the case.


Writeprocrastinator said...

Your name was mentioned in a fine hard-boiled collection that I am reading right now, titled of course, "Hard-boiled; An Anthology of American Crime Stories."

Right there on page 257, in the Elmore Leonard preface that is before "3:10 To Yuma."

Bill Crider said...

You'll notice that they didn't include one of my stories, however.

Writeprocrastinator said...

I'm just getting to 1987 and lo, you're right. You should give Prozini an earful, at the next Boucheron. You were in good company though and most of us would give a piece of anatomy or two to be on the same page as Leonard.