Department of English

Thursday, October 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room

R Barton Palmer

Perhaps the most famous scribe to emerge from Washington College was pioneering hardboiled author James M. Cain, who along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler rewrote the rule book on crime fiction, creating a uniquely terse, tough American style that influenced literature, cinema and pop culture in general. As part of a two-day celebration of Cain and his legacy, the Sophie Kerr Series will present a talk by R. Barton Palmer, author of Hollywood's Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir, a standard in the field. He also is the author of a recent book on the Coen brothers' films and, interestingly, several books about medieval literature.

Listen to the question and answer session from the reading:

Read his faculty bio at Clemson University.

Find out more about his book Contemporary Film Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen.

Who was James M. Cain? Check out the University of Maryland Libraries' Cain Electronic Exhibit

Read an R. Barton Palmer article, "Chance's Main Chance: Richard Brooks' Sweet Bird of Youth at The Tennessee Williams Review