Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977

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Author, journalist, and screenwriter.

From the description of Papers of James M. Cain, 1901-1978 (bulk 1925-1978). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71060813

Journalist and author of crime novels, plays, and short stories.

From the description of Oral history interview, 1975. (Maryland Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 32822016

Biographical Note

  • 1892, July 1: Born, Annapolis, Md.
  • 1910: A.B., Washington College, Chestertown, Md.
  • 1917: M.A., Washington College, Chestertown, Md.
  • 1917 - 1918 : Reporter, Baltimore American
  • 1918 - 1919 : Served with Headquarters Troop, 79th Division, American Expeditionary Forces
  • 1918 - 1923 : Reporter, Baltimore Sun
  • 1919: Editor-in-chief, Lorraine Cross, official newspaper of the Seventy-ninth Division, American Expeditionary Forces Published with Gilbert Malcolm a history of Headquarters Troop, 79th Division, American Expeditionary Forces
  • 1920: Married Mary Rebekah Clough (divorced 1923)
  • 1923 - 1924 : Professor of journalism, St. John's College, Annapolis, Md.
  • 1924 - 1931 : Editorial writer, New York World
  • 1927: Married Elina Sjöstedt Tyszecka (divorced 1942)
  • 1930: Published Our Government. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, a collection of satirical essays that first appeared in the American Mercury
  • 1931: Managing editor, New Yorker Moved to Hollywood, Calif.
  • 1931 - 1948 : Magazine writer, syndicated columnist, and scriptwriter for motion picture studios
  • 1934: Published The Postman Always Rings Twice. New York: Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1936: Began "Double Indemnity" (published in book form in 1943) as serial in Liberty
  • 1937: Published Serenade. New York: Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1941: Published Mildred Pierce. New York: Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1944: Married Aileen Pringle (divorced 1947)
  • 1946: Published Past All Dishonor. New York: Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1947: Married Florence Macbeth (died 1966)
  • 1948: Moved to Hyattsville, Md. Published The Moth. New York: Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1953: Published Galatea. New York: Alfred A. Knopf
  • 1962: Published Mignon. New York: Dial Press
  • 1965: Published The Magician's Wife. New York: Dial Press
  • 1976: Published The Institute. New York: Mason/Charter
  • 1977, Oct. 27: Died, Hyattsville, Md.

From the guide to the James M. Cain Papers, 1901-1978, (bulk 1925-1978), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers, 1930-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977,. Oral history interview, 1975. Maryland Historical Society
creatorOf Bracker, Jon, 1936-. Letters, 1965-1970. Indiana University
referencedIn Elizabeth, 1866-1941. Papers of Elizabeth Russell - Henry Norman, 1931-1938. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Free Library of Philadelphia Collection of Literary Manuscripts, 1666-1990 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
creatorOf Bergman, Bernard Aaron, 1894-1980. Papers, 1933-1978. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Goetz, Ruth Goodman. Papers, 1916-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
referencedIn Angoff, Charles, 1902-1979. Charles Angoff collection, 1927-1978. Boston University. School of Medicine
creatorOf Visconti, Luchino, 1906-1976. Les amants diaboliques / de Luchino Visconti ; James M. Cain, aut. adapté ; avec Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti et Juan De Landa. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949. Papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
creatorOf Curtiz, Michael, 1888-1962. Le roman de Mildred Pierce / Michael Curtiz, réal. ; James M. Cain, aut. adapté ; Ranald MacDougall, scénario ; Max Steiner, comp. ; Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Swanberg, W. A., 1907-. W. A. Swanberg Papers, ca.1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
creatorOf Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. Papers of James M. Cain, 1901-1978 (bulk 1925-1978). Library of Congress
creatorOf Mamet, David. The postman always rings twice : [screenplay] / by David Mamet ; from the novel by James M. Cain. Broken Bow Public Library
referencedIn Black Lizard Press. Archive, 1977-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Shaw, Thomas Shuler, 1906-. Papers of Thomas Shuler Shaw, 1944-1946. Library of Congress
creatorOf Mamet, David. The postman always rings twice : typescript, [1979]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Goetz, Ruth. Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers, 1930-1966. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. Mildred Pierce, screenplay. [microform]. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf James M. Cain Papers, 1901-1978, (bulk 1925-1978) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. corporateBody
correspondedWith Angoff, Charles, 1902-1979 person
associatedWith Antheil, George, 1900-1959. person
associatedWith Arlen, Michael, 1895-1956. person
associatedWith Backas, Margo. person
correspondedWith Bergman, B. A. person
associatedWith Bergman, Bernard Aaron, 1894-1980. person
associatedWith Black Lizard Press. corporateBody
correspondedWith Boddy, E. Manchester (Elias Manchester) person
associatedWith Bracker, Jon, 1936- person
associatedWith Cain, Elina Sjöstedt Tyszecka. person
associatedWith Cain, Elina Sjöstedt Tyszecka. Elina Sjöstedt Tyszecka Cain papers. person
associatedWith Cain, Florence Macbeth, 1891-1966. person
correspondedWith Cairns, Huntington, 1904-1985 person
correspondedWith Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959 person
correspondedWith Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977 person
correspondedWith Cummings, Constance, 1910-2005 person
associatedWith Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. person
associatedWith Elizabeth, 1866-1941. person
correspondedWith Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979 person
associatedWith Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. person
associatedWith Free Library of Philadelphia. corporateBody
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
correspondedWith Gibbs, Wolcott, 1902-1958 person
correspondedWith Goetz, Ruth person
correspondedWith Goetz, Ruth person
associatedWith Goetz, Ruth Goodman. person
correspondedWith Griffith, La Nora person
correspondedWith Harold Ober Associates corporateBody
associatedWith Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. person
correspondedWith H.N. Swanson, Inc. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hornblow, Arthur, 1893-1976. person
correspondedWith Hume, Paul, 1915-2001 person
correspondedWith Kahn, E. J. (Ely Jacques), 1916-1994 person
correspondedWith Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984 person
correspondedWith Knopf, Blanche W., 1894-1966 person
correspondedWith Krock, Arthur, 1886-1974 person
associatedWith Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951. person
correspondedWith Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974 person
correspondedWith Madden, David, 1933- person
correspondedWith Malcolm, Gilbert, 1892-1965 person
associatedWith Mamet, David. person
correspondedWith Markey, Morris, 1899-1950 person
correspondedWith McWilliams, Carey, 1905- person
correspondedWith Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 person
correspondedWith Nathan, Robert, 1894-1985 person
correspondedWith Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971 person
correspondedWith Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- person
correspondedWith O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991 person
correspondedWith Owens, Hamilton, 1888-1967 person
associatedWith Pringle, Aileen, 1895- person
associatedWith Pringle, Aileen, b. 1895. person
correspondedWith Raphaelson, Dorothy Wegman person
correspondedWith Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983 person
correspondedWith Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973 person
associatedWith Ross, Harold Wallace, 1892-1951. person
correspondedWith Sammons, Wheeler, 1889-1956 person
correspondedWith Shaw, Thomas Shuler, 1906- person
correspondedWith Sinclair, Robert B., 1905-1970 person
correspondedWith Stallings, Laurence, 1894-1968 person
correspondedWith Stanwyck, Barbara, 1907-1990 person
associatedWith Swanberg, W. A., 1907- person
correspondedWith Swanson, H. N. person
correspondedWith Swope, Herbert Bayard, 1882-1958 person
correspondedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Washington College (Chestertown, Md.) corporateBody
correspondedWith West, Rebecca, 1892-1983 person
correspondedWith White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985 person
correspondedWith White, Katharine Sergeant Angell person
correspondedWith Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972 person
correspondedWith Wolfe, Tom person
correspondedWith Wolfe, Tom person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California--Los Angeles
New York (State)--New York
Hyattsville (Md.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
New York (State)--New York
United States
Authors--Societies, etc
Motion picture industry
Motion picture plays, American
American newspapers
American periodicals
Authors, American--Interviews
Periodical editors--Interviews
American newspapers--New York (State)--New York
American literature
Obscenity (law)
Universities and colleges
Universities and colleges--Maryland--Chestertown


Birth 1892-07-01

Death 1977-10-27





Ark ID: w6930ttb

SNAC ID: 14458322