Biography[ edit ] Woolrich was born in New York City ; his parents separated when he was young. He lived for a time in Mexico with his father before returning to New York to live with his mother, Claire Attalie Woolrich. It was during this illness a Rear-Window-like confinement involving a gangrenous foot, according to one version of the story that Woolrich started writing, producing Cover Charge, which was published in Scott Fitzgerald.
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Even for Woolrich, this was an unusual work of suspense. Woolrich places the reader into the mind of someone and you feel and experience the I would have to term this one, as mentioned in the edition of the book I have, a Soap Opera noir. Woolrich places the reader into the mind of someone and you feel and experience the world and the situation from her perspective, as she takes the place of another and lives in fear.
It is like an old-time melodrama where the tension is sustained throughout the narrative. Rich with moral complexity and psychology, Woolrich adds fabulous little moments of insight.
One such moment occurs when the girl in question is called to supper. It floods her heart with a feeling of acceptance, because supper is a term used informally, with family; only when we dine with others, or go out in the evening, does it become dinner.
The premise is simple, the execution extremely difficult. Perhaps only Woolrich could have written something like this and made it work. This one is a type of masterpiece to be sure, but a bit less accessible than the aforementioned. Not for all tastes.
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