Sunday, July 1, 2012

And the bookshelf grows heavier

Here's another one I need to add to the list:
Of Williams's twenty-two novels, sixteen were paperback originals—eleven of them Gold Medals; he is described by Gorman as "the best of all the Gold Medal writers."[8] Pulp historian Woody Haut calls Williams the "foremost practitioner"[9] of the style of suspense that typified American pulp literature from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s: "So prolific and accomplished a writer was Charles Williams that he single-handedly made many subsequent pulp culture novels seem like little more than parodies."[10] Fellow hardboiled author John D. MacDonald cites him as one of the most undeservedly neglected writers of his generation.[11] O'Brien, singling him out as especially "overdue" for "wider appreciation," describes Williams as a stylist consistently faithful to "the narrative values which make his books so entertaining and his present neglect so inexplicable."[12]

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