Ross MacDonald, The Underground Man

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By 1971 Ross Macdonald was at the pinnacle of his career as a detective novelist. He’d won most of the awards that celebrate crime fiction, had been elected president of the Mystery Writers of America (1965), and had won the Silver Dagger Award in 1964 and the Gold Dagger Award in 1965. In 1971, he achieved any writer’s dream – a lengthy stint on the New York Times Best Seller List for The Underground Man, a pre-publication sell-out, and a Newsweek cover (22 March 1971) with a glowing review by the legendary Eudora Welty. While his writing life was exceeding his expectations, his, and his wife’s (fellow crime novelist Margaret Millar), focus expanded to

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Citation: Dougherty, David C.. "The Underground Man". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 May 2017 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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