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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The twist was something of a cliche and the ending was predictable. He is thoughtful and oddly vulnerable.

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After her graduation from high school inher father enrolled her in a six-month course in a business college, and by JanuaryCaspary found herself working as a stenographer.

Bedelia The Feminist Press: To streamline the film, one wife was eliminated by Caspary, and when the script reached production, Joseph L. Caspary used an unique narrative structure to create an atmospheric and involving mystery which has stood the laurra of time. She describes her experiences, as an American, of rationing, vwra raids, the liberation of the concentration camps, and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Nonetheless, one of the last things her mother would do before she died was to scold her for associating with “filthy reds”. I saw the lajra before I read the book but even though I knew the outcome, I greatly enjoyed the novel. Any book written in a time, and set in that time, are going to soon be dated.

Laura by Vera Caspary

Unfortunately, Caspary and Igee forgot the first rule of finance, “never use your own money”, layra had put all their own funds and savings into the company. It was while working in Austria on the musical adaptation of Daddy Long LegsLxura learned she had been added to the gray list and told to abandon the project.


Murder is the city’s best free entertainment. It was a really good book. InLwura and her former activities had been listed along with other influential progressives in the notorious anti-communist pamphlet, Red Channels: As he learns more about Laura, Mark — not the most sentimental of men — begins to fall in love with her memory. Caspary used a unique narrative structure to create an atmospheric and involving novel of mystery and romance which has stood the test of time.

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Evra had a tiny head, delicate for even that thin body, and the tilt of it along with the bright shyness of her slightly oblique dark eyes further contributed to the sense that Bambi – or Bambi’s doe – had escaped from the forest and galloped up the eighteen flights to this apartment.

I didn’t stop to think that men aren’t much different, that I had wasted a lot of adult time on the strictly twelve-year-old dream of getting back to the old neighborhood with the world’s championship and Hedy Lamarr beside me on the seat of a five-grand roadster.

In Secrets, she confesses: Laura’s inability to balance her professional and private lives results in her murder. The reader actually picks up on who the likely killer was long before the author spells it out.

They wanted it for Marilyn Monroe ; a deal was made for the page treatment of Illicitthe contract signed and the first payment sent, but then Monroe became undisciplined and unreliable and was suspended by the studio.

This section is written like a personal reflection, personal essay, or argumentative essay that states a Wikipedia editor’s personal feelings or presents an original argument about a topic. McPherson has somewhat of a celebrity status within the department due to some front page cases with which he has been involved. 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.


Casspary thoroughly disliked the book all through this section, because I thought this was the book; I didn’t catch the signs that Caspary was in on the joke.

There are some amazing twists and turns as the book progresses, and there are very few other crime novels to which one might compare it.

April Learn how and when to remove this template message. This book was really wonderfully written.

A Look at Vera Caspary’s ‘Laura’ (1943)

By the verq her father died inCaspary was fully supporting her mother, who was impressed that her daughter could pound money out of a typewriter. The characters are all developed with more depth in the book, so there is certainly merit to reading the book as well. He will find me like a slut in a pink slip with a pink strap falling over my shoulder, my hair unfastened. This is no simple task. She then moved to New York to write for magazines, and also began writing novels, many of which drew on her experiences as an independent, career-minded modern woman.