Michelle Dean writes about Vera Caspary and her novel “Laura.” She was a “ career girl” avant la lettre and never seems to have pictured or. Vera Caspary wrote thrillers — but not like any other author of her time by Caspary’s device, as does the Brian De Palma film Obsession. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Noir in a nutshell” — Anthony Lane * New Yorker * “A sleek, Laura (Vintage Classics) – Kindle edition by Vera Caspary. Download it.

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Auntie Sue once told me I’d grow tired of a six-foot child. Her working life began as a stenographer at a Chicago advertising agency, but she was luara to become a copywriter, and despite many setbacks in a male-dominated business, she eventually achieved her aim in Music in the Street was set in a working girl’s residence.

Since this edition appears to no longer be in print, I highly recommend purchasing the book or Kindle version, because it is the same story.

By this point in the Depression many intellectuals were flirting with Socialist causes, and Ornitz tried to interest Caspary by giving her the Communist ManifestoThe Daily Worker and other materials. After caspay years of physical separation, Igee got his gera on the grounds of abandonment. Caspary even broke a twenty-year vow and took work from Columbia Pictures and the ever irascible Harry Cohn.


Caspary used a unique narrative structure to create an atmospheric and involving novel of mystery and romance which has stood the test of time.

Although she soon left the party after becoming disillusioned, Caspary’s leftist leanings would later come back to haunt her when she was greylisted from Hollywood in the s for Communist sympathies. The fourth part is a police transcript, and the fifth and final part returns us to Detective McPherson. Urquiza y sus mujeres.

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This is one of my favorite noir films. Fleet Sparrow Because it was serialized and continuity frequently misses in collected versions.

I set such high expectations on this book that I don’t think it lauta could have lived up to them. As far as the crime is concerned, she acts highly suspicious, giving little reason for her fickle behaviour before her planned wedding and lacking an alibi. This page was last edited on 27 Maycaspzry This page was last edited ver 9 Decemberat I read an article about a book written inwhich, unfortunately, the critic said Good, short novel, evocative of a very specific time acspary place, the early ‘s.

Otto Preminger bullied Darryl Zanuck into buying the property for 20th Century Foxconvincing him that the production would be inexpensive. This is one of the few instances where the film outshines the book, but only because I adore Gene Tierney and much prefer the ending re-written for the film.

He is thoughtful and oddly vulnerable. Laura could not have been more different from these people, her inner beauty inspiring loyalty in her working-class maid, Bessie. Oct 04, Jaksen rated it really liked it. The couple returned to Hollywood early in Januarybut found the climate in Hollywood had gone from chilly to severe.


The couple were preparing to leave for Europe, as Igee was negotiating a French remake of Three Husbandswhen MGM abruptly and illegally questioned Caspary regarding her Communist links. To streamline the film, one wife was eliminated by Caspary, and when xaspary script reached production, Joseph L.

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How wrong I was! Preview — Laura by Vera Caspary. Oct 21, Corey rated it really liked it.

Inshe traveled to the Cqspary I always envied her; I wanted to grow up and be desperate too. It’s not a pretty sight.

We simply can’t put it down at this point. During her trip across Europe she was nearly persuaded from guilt to marry an Austrian Jew in order to get him to the United States, but due to a slowness in paperwork she was saved that fate. It is timeless, as fresh today as it was in Jun 05, Cheryl marked it as library-to-read Shelves: