David Goodis

David Goodis

David Loeb Goodis (March 2, 1917 – January 7, 1967) was an was an American writer of crime fiction, noted for his prolific output of short stories and novels epitomizing the noir fiction genre. A native of Philadelphia, Goodis alternately resided there and in New York City and Hollywood during his professional years. Yet, throughout his life he maintained a deep identification with the city of his birth, Philadelphia. Goodis cultivated the skid row neighborhoods of his home town, using what he observed to craft his hard-boiled sagas of lives gone wrong, realized in dark portrayals of a blighted urban landscape teeming with criminal life and human despair.

“Despite his education, a combination of ethnicity (Jewish) and temperament allowed him to empathize with outsiders: the working poor, the unjustly accused, fugitives, criminals.”

Read more about David GoodisEarly Life, Pulp Magazines, Radio and Screenplays, Marriage and Divorce, Return To Philadelphia, The Fugitive and The Lawsuit, Influence, Bibliography, Filmography

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