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Laura – Vera Caspary

There is caspray Shelby Carpenter. I felt sick within myself, ashamed of hysteria and weak shrinking. Another, older, man is also in love with her, but to Laura, he’s just a valued friend.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Would best describe this as hard boiled noir. It was a really good book.

Laura (Stage Play)

A young woman when the Great Depression hit America, Caspary soon developed a keen interest in Socialist causes, and joined Vera Caspary, an acclaimed American writer of novels, plays, short stories and screenplays, was born in Chicago in Waldo Lydecker begins the narration, then McPherson picks up where he left off.

I did not yield, I submitted. I’m told the movie made from the book changed some of the plot.


The movie briskly moves as it delves into the characters. You’re smooth all right, but you’ve got nothing to say. Needless to say, I was excited to discover my favorite film was based off a novel. As a play, it flows pretty well and the dialogue still crackles.

Caspary used many conventions of the femme fatale—Laura is beautiful, she rouses erotic feelings in the men who meet her. Instead it is more romantic suspense with large infusion of noir.

Laura by Vera Caspary

Laura achieved an international readership and has been translated into German, Italian, Japanese and Dutch. It doesn’t help that it’s overshadowed by the film version, which no doubt manages the twist more effectively and surely does away with some of the narrative-babble confusion.

Shelby has good looks, good breeding and a lot of succes with women, but he is lost in the jungle of New York, a habitat where he is closer to the role of gigolo than to that of bread-winner. No man could resist her charms—not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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John December 8, at Waldo Lydecker opens the novel with an abundance of witty, stinging prose, much as he narrates the opening of the film and soon after relishes in a long flashback explaining his relationship with Laura to Detective Mark McPherson. InCaspary veta the story for a fourth time, this time co-writing a theatrical version with George Sklar.

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Lists with This Book. I love doing things impulsively, and I resent it to a point where my spine stiffens and I get gooseflesh if people ask where and what and why. She adapted it for the stage as Blind Mice, featuring an unprecedented all-female cast. The only change from the film and the book being a switch from Judith Anderson’s character to a new character Danny. Richard December 8, at 1: Return to Book Page.

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