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Jim Thompson (1) (1906–1977)

Autor(a) de The Killer Inside Me

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About the Author

American novelist and screenwriter Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma on September 27, 1906. In Fort Worth, Texas during prohibition, he worked as a bellboy at the Hotel Texas for two years where he earned up to $300 a week by supplying hotel patrons with bootleg liquor, heroin, and mostrar mais marijuana. During the Depression, he worked with the Oklahoma Federal Writers Project and was a member of the Communist Party from 1935 to 1938. During World War II, he worked at an aircraft factory where he was investigated by the FBI for his Communist Party affiliation. His first novel, Now and on Earth, was published in 1942. He wrote more than thirty novels during his lifetime and most of them were paperback pulp crime novels. His best known works are The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman, and Pop. 1280. In 1955, he moved to Hollywood, California to write screenplays with Stanley Kubrick. Thompson helped write The Killing and Paths of Glory. He died after a series of strokes in Los Angeles, California on April 7, 1977. His long-time alcoholism and recent self-inflicted starvation contributed to his death. His death attracted little attention because none of his novels were in print in the U.S. at that time. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Jim Thompson nr.1 Foto: Sharon Thompson Reed


Obras por Jim Thompson

The Killer Inside Me (1952) 2,402 exemplares
Pop. 1280 (1964) 1,298 exemplares
The Grifters (1963) 1,185 exemplares
The Getaway (1959) 876 exemplares
After Dark, My Sweet (1955) 699 exemplares
A Hell of a Woman (1954) 633 exemplares
Savage Night (1953) 488 exemplares
A Swell-Looking Babe (1954) 409 exemplares
Nothing More Than Murder (1949) 348 exemplares
The Kill-Off (1957) 315 exemplares
The Nothing Man (1954) 300 exemplares
The Alcoholics (1953) 286 exemplares
Wild Town (1957) 274 exemplares
The Criminal (1953) 271 exemplares
Recoil (1953) 259 exemplares
Bad Boy (1953) 247 exemplares
Cropper's Cabin (1952) 239 exemplares
Texas by the Tail (1990) 230 exemplares
South of Heaven (1967) 230 exemplares
Now and On Earth (1994) 215 exemplares
Roughneck (1989) 208 exemplares
The Rip-Off (1989) 198 exemplares
Paths of Glory [1957 film] (1957) — Screenwriter — 189 exemplares
The Golden Gizmo (1954) 188 exemplares
The Transgressors (1986) 144 exemplares
King Blood (1980) 134 exemplares
Heed the Thunder (1946) 133 exemplares
The Killing [1956 film] (1956) — Screenwriter — 99 exemplares
Fireworks: The Lost Writings (1988) 92 exemplares
Hardcore (1900) 55 exemplares
Child of Rage (1988) 51 exemplares
Ironside (1967) 30 exemplares
The Second Jim Thompson Omnibus (1997) 20 exemplares
More Hard Core: 3 Novels (1987) 19 exemplares
Vita da niente (1990) 13 exemplares
Forever After (2009) 6 exemplares
Vite in gioco (1993) 5 exemplares
Una chica de buen ver (1954) 3 exemplares
Oltre il buio (1992) 3 exemplares
L'indice judiciaire 3 exemplares
Sharecropper Hell (Illustrated) (2013) 3 exemplares
The Cellini Chalice 3 exemplares
Una cabaña en el sur (1989) 2 exemplares
Nothing but a man 1 exemplar
Ville sans loi (2018) 1 exemplar
La cabane du métayer (2019) 1 exemplar
ROMANZI 1 exemplar
Ecrits perdus, 1929-1967 (1990) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s (1997) — Contribuidor — 523 exemplares
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Contribuidor — 362 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) — Contribuidor — 234 exemplares
The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction (1987) — Contribuidor — 220 exemplares
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (A Gaslight Mystery) (2015) — Author photo, algumas edições219 exemplares
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (1996) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
The New Black Mask Quarterly (Number 4) (1986) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Thompson, Jim
Nome legal
Thompson, James Myers
Outros nomes
Dillon, James
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Cremated, Ashes scattered
Local de nascimento
Anadarko, Oklahoma Territory, USA
Local de falecimento
Los Angeles, California, USA
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Anadarko, Oklahoma, USA (birth)
Los Angeles, California, USA (death)
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
University of Oklahoma
University of Nebraska
oil field laborer
Oklahoma Federal Writers Project
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW. The Wobblies)
Communist Party USA (1935-38)

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James Myers Thompson was a United States writer of novels, short stories and screenplays, largely in the hardboiled style of crime fiction.

Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the late-1940s through mid-1950s. Despite some positive critical notice, notably by Anthony Boucher in the New York Times, he was little-recognized in his lifetime. Only after death did Thompson's literary stature grow, when in the late 1980s, several novels were re-published in the Black Lizard series of re-discovered crime fiction.

Thompson's writing culminated in a few of his best-regarded works: The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman and Pop. 1280. In these works, Thompson turned the derided pulp genre into literature and art, featuring unreliable narrators, odd structure, and surrealism.

The writer R.V. Cassills has suggested that of all pulp fiction, Thompson's was the rawest and most harrowing; that neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler nor even Horace McCoy, author of the bleak They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, ever "wrote a book within miles of Thompson". [1] Similarly, in the introduction to Now and on Earth, Stephen King says he most admires Thompson's work because "The guy was over the top. The guy was absolutely over the top. Big Jim didn't know the meaning of the word stop. There are three brave lets inherent in the forgoing: he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it."

Thompson admired Fyodor Dostoevsky and was nicknamed "Dimestore Dostoevsky" by writer Geoffrey O'Brien. Film director Stephen Frears, who directed an adaptation of Thompson's The Grifters as 1990's The Grifters, also identified elements of Greek tragedy in his themes.



Raather an anti-military than an anti-war film which ravages the viewer's emotions, Stanley Kubrick's POG reveals the arrogance and power politics of the military mind in its willingness to sacrifice men's lives in the pursuit of egoism and advancement. An undisputed high point in movie history
jgcorrea | 4 outras críticas | Mar 16, 2024 |
A small town sheriff in Arkansas goes to a lot of trouble to maintain his leisurely lifestyle.

This is an extremely dark book. Much darker than you'd assume from the description on the cover, and it only gets darker the more you think about it. The view of the world represented here is bleak. The book deploys the violence and sex typical of its pulpy roots, but it's not a guilty pleasure here, or even a titillation. It's more like a condemnation of everything: the reader, the author, the genre, the world. Dang.… (mais)
adamhindman | 36 outras críticas | Mar 8, 2024 |
This book was ahead of its time and of its time. Jim Thompson is an excellent writer with much insight.
dianeham | 85 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2024 |
The Grifters is not just a trifecta of immorality of the three main characters, there’s the whole Oedipal thing between Roy and his mom and Roy’s stand-in for her, Moira (see the photo below of Lily and Moira from the movie.) This story is a great noir thriller with quite a few twists, though it doesn’t have a happily-ever-after like The Sting. I saw the movie a while back so the ending wasn’t much of a shocker. But definitely stick around for it. Though Roy seems tempted to give up the grift, I don’t believe he ever would.… (mais)
mtbass | 25 outras críticas | Jan 18, 2024 |



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Barry Gifford Introduction
Nancy MacGregor Cover artist
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Attilio Veraldi Translator
Andre Simonoviescz Übersetzer, Translator
Luca Briasco Contributor, Translator
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Wolfram Knorr Afterword
Eduardo Feito Illustrator
Mika Tiirinen Translator
Marcel Duhamel Translator
Guido Almansi Afterword
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