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Jim Thompson (1) (1906–1977)

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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 toon meer 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) toon minder
Fotografie: Jim Thompson nr.1 Foto: Sharon Thompson Reed


Werken van Jim Thompson

De geboren moordenaar (1952) 2,402 exemplaren
Pop. 1280 (1964) 1,298 exemplaren
The Grifters (1963) 1,185 exemplaren
De ontsnapping (1959) 876 exemplaren
After Dark, My Sweet (1955) 699 exemplaren
A Hell of a Woman (1954) 633 exemplaren
Savage Night (1953) 488 exemplaren
A Swell-Looking Babe (1954) 409 exemplaren
Nothing More Than Murder (1949) 348 exemplaren
The Kill-Off (1957) 315 exemplaren
The Nothing Man (1954) 300 exemplaren
The Alcoholics (1953) 286 exemplaren
Wild Town (1957) 274 exemplaren
The Criminal (1953) 271 exemplaren
Recoil (1953) 259 exemplaren
Bad Boy (1953) 247 exemplaren
Cropper's Cabin (1952) 239 exemplaren
Texas by the Tail (1990) 230 exemplaren
South of Heaven (1967) 230 exemplaren
Now and On Earth (1994) 215 exemplaren
Roughneck (1989) 208 exemplaren
The Rip-Off (1989) 198 exemplaren
Paths Of Glory [DVD] [1957] (1957) — Screenwriter — 189 exemplaren
The Golden Gizmo (1954) 188 exemplaren
The Transgressors (1986) 144 exemplaren
King Blood (1980) 134 exemplaren
Heed the Thunder (1946) 133 exemplaren
The Killing [1956 film] (1956) — Screenwriter — 99 exemplaren
Fireworks: The Lost Writings (1988) 92 exemplaren
Detectieve Omnibus (1280) 89 exemplaren
Hardcore (1900) 55 exemplaren
Child of Rage (1988) 51 exemplaren
Ironside (1967) 30 exemplaren
The Second Jim Thompson Omnibus (1997) 20 exemplaren
More Hard Core: 3 Novels (1987) 19 exemplaren
Vita da niente (1990) 13 exemplaren
Forever After (2009) 6 exemplaren
Vite in gioco (1993) 5 exemplaren
Una chica de buen ver (1954) 3 exemplaren
Oltre il buio (1992) 3 exemplaren
L'indice judiciaire 3 exemplaren
Sharecropper Hell (Illustrated) (2013) 3 exemplaren
The Cellini Chalice 3 exemplaren
Una cabaña en el sur (1989) 2 exemplaren
Nothing but a man 1 exemplaar
Ville sans loi (2018) 1 exemplaar
La cabane du métayer (2019) 1 exemplaar
ROMANZI 1 exemplaar
Ecrits perdus, 1929-1967 (1990) 1 exemplaar

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Algemene kennis

Gangbare naam
Thompson, Jim
Officiële naam
Thompson, James Myers
Pseudoniemen en naamsvarianten
Dillon, James
Cremated, Ashes scattered
Anadarko, Oklahoma Territory, USA
Plaats van overlijden
Los Angeles, California, USA
Oorzaak van overlijden
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)
Korte biografie
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 andere besprekingen | 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.… (meer)
adamhindman | 36 andere besprekingen | 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 andere besprekingen | 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.… (meer)
mtbass | 25 andere besprekingen | Jan 18, 2024 |



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