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James M. Cain
James M. Cain in 1938
James M. Cain in 1938
Born James Mallahan Cain
(1892-07-01)July 1, 1892
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Died October 27, 1977(1977-10-27) (aged 85)
University Park, Maryland, United States
Occupation Novelist, journalist
Nationality American
Alma mater Washington College
Genre Crime
Spouse married four times
Children none

James Mallahan Cain (July 1, 1892 – October 27, 1977) was an American author and journalist. Cain vehemently opposed labeling, but he is usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction and is seen as one of the creators of the roman noir. His crime novels The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), Serenade (1937), Mildred Pierce (1941) and Double Indemnity (1944) became well known movies.

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