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James M. Cain

1892 - 1977

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James Mallahan Cain (July 1, 1892 – October 27, 1977) was an American novelist, journalist and screenwriter. He is widely regarded as a progenitor of the hardboiled school of American crime fiction.His novels The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), Double Indemnity (1936), Serenade (1937), Mildred Pierce (1941) and The Butterfly (1947) brought him critical acclaim and an immense popular readership in America and abroad.Though Cain never delivered a successful Hollywood screenplay, several of his novels were made into highly regarded films, among them Double Indemnity (1944), Mildred Pierce (1945) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).Cain continued to write and publish novels into his eighties. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James M. Cain has received more than 489,438 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). James M. Cain is the 2,047th most popular writer (down from 2,019th in 2019), the 2,673rd most popular biography from United States (down from 2,535th in 2019) and the 245th most popular American Writer.

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  • 3.28

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Among writers, James M. Cain ranks 2,047 out of 5,755Before him are Doppo Kunikida, D. R. Bendre, Giovanni Botero, Benjamin Péret, Yoshida Kenkō, and Mohamed Choukri. After him are Joseph Kessel, Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, Felice Romani, Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, Pir Sultan Abdal, and Paul Adam.

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Among people born in 1892, James M. Cain ranks 104Before him are Dietrich von Saucken, Gustav-Adolf von Zangen, Vita Sackville-West, Radola Gajda, Josyf Slipyj, and Robert H. Jackson. After him are Hermann Breith, Ivan Šubašić, Djuna Barnes, Chen Gongbo, Takeo Takagi, and Mahidol Adulyadej. Among people deceased in 1977, James M. Cain ranks 77Before him are Kinuyo Tanaka, Hanns Martin Schleyer, Edmund Veesenmayer, Shogo Kamo, Džemal Bijedić, and John Edensor Littlewood. After him are Hamazasp Babadzhanian, Miloš Crnjanski, Delmer Daves, Samael Aun Weor, Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani, and Arsenio Erico.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James M. Cain ranks 2,673 out of 18,182Before him are Dan Flavin (1933), Joseph E. Johnston (1807), Tito Puente (1923), Philip Abelson (1913), Jeff Daniels (1955), and Ben Bernanke (1953). After him are Besse Cooper (1896), Randy Rhoads (1956), Frank Miller (1957), Julie Newmar (1933), Cicely Tyson (1924), and Mangas Coloradas (1792).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, James M. Cain ranks 245Before him are Michael Cunningham (1952), Nelson Algren (1909), Joseph Heller (1923), August Derleth (1909), Annie Proulx (1935), and John W. Campbell (1910). After him are William Moulton Marston (1893), Erich Segal (1937), Djuna Barnes (1892), Maurice Sendak (1928), Flannery O'Connor (1925), and Fritz Leiber (1910).