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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I felt sorry for the kid, being young and expecting something of her beauty, and coming home to this suicide staircase. There is something about the scene in the movie where Det. View all 3 comments. Laura por Vera Caspary.

Does he just have a faulty memory? On finishing high school, Caspary decided not to go to college but to seek a writing job, and wound up a stenographer.

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Each is a verq in the novel: Quite simply, this is one of the finest and most unusual mystery novels ever written. Sleep, dried soap, and shoe leather. Vera Caspary died in June I’m going to try very hard to separate myself from the beloved movie and think of this book as a book completely separate from the film.

Vera Caspary died in and laufa survived by a literary legacy of strong independent female characters.

The twist was something of a cliche and the ending was predictable. Moving back to Chicago, she co-wrote the play version Blind Mice with Winifred Lenihanwhich would feature an all-female cast and would form the basis for the film Working Girls. This is a fascinating read for mystery lovers and fans of popular fiction in general. I fancy myself a pensive figure drawn, without conscious will, into a love that was borne of violence and destined for tragedy.

Caspary once said, “I’m not nearly as interested in writing about crime as I am in the actions of normal people under high tension. This is one of the few instances where the film outshines the book, but only because I adore Gene Tierney and much prefer the ending re-written for the film. Tired of shopping it around and against her own advice, “Once a writer sells a story to Hollywood, they can kiss it goodbye,” she sold it to Fox. Music in the Street was set in a working girl’s residence.


I Books released an edition inbilling it as a “lost classic. Caspary found the Party’s code of secrecy to be contrary to her search for truth and questioning of values, which had led her to join in the first place.

No man could resist her charms—not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse.

In her 18 published novels, ten screenplays and four stage plays, Caspary’s main theme, whether in a murder mystery, drama or musical comedy, was the working woman and her right to lead her own life, to be independent. Haunted by ghosts of deeds and statements.

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Want to Read saving…. The best thing I can say is, I could not put this book down.

When she and Lenihan weren’t present, the producers even rewrote the play themselves. The majority of voices which narrate each section is male, and each is lakra in vocabulary in tone. His chapters take the form of an official police verq, in the presence of his attorney – from which we can deduce he is one of the suspects in the crime. It was finished by October, and to get some perspective she went to work on a story about a night plane to Chungking for Paramount Studios.

Mark is equally repelled by Laura’s obvious lies. The novel won faint reviews, but Caspary considered it one of her best novels, and famed Chicago Tribune reviewer Fanny Butcher came out of retirement long enough to denounce it as obscene.

Further assignments included composing a screenwriting course, which would prove helpful later in her career. Since its original publication, the novel has been reissued many times. While the book is entitled Laura, it is really about the three men in her life.


By going after the ‘dream factory’ Caspary makes the transition from the personal drama of one woman to the social implications of a whole generation raised on unattainable promises of wealth, beauty and happiness in the pages of glossy magazines or on big silver screens.

Laura’s fiance, for example, luara unfaithful to her even on the eve of their wedding, while her “best friend” Waldo uses insidious methods to drive her lovers away. Often, the chasm between book and silver screen will leave the fan firmly in one camp or the other. The play was disastrous — Caspary’s inexperience with the process caused her to take everyone’s advice, altering the play’s text constantly.

The point isn’t so much “who killed Laura? Opposite Caspzry Lydecker is a practical, pragmatic man who makes a job out of finding other people secrets. A woman desired is a woman with power, but laurra power is built with a shaky foundation too reliant on the changing whims of men.

Caspary described the former as hell, while the latter merely purgatory. Any book written in a time, and set in that time, are going to soon be dated. Open Preview Caspar a Problem?

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The characters are all developed with more depth in the book, so there is certainly merit to reading the book as well. Another, older, man is also ee love with her, but to Laura, he’s just a valued friend. The characters are well fleshed out. All these things throw suspicion on her; nonetheless, the plot’s main tendency is to show that while circumstances have pushed Laura dangerously close to emotional chaos, she has more innate integrity than every other character in the novel, male or female: