During the 1930's and 40's James M. Cain was, along with Cornell Woolrich, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett, one of the creators of the roman noir genre. Cain was born in Annapolis on July 1, 1892. He was raised in Chestertown, Maryland, and graduated from Washington College, where his father was president. After serving in World War I, he returned to Baltimore where he began working as a reporter. He first worked for the Baltimore American and then for the Baltimore Sun until 1923.
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