is a 1939 No Orchids For Miss Blandish crime novel by the British writer James Hadley Chase. The novel was influenced by the American crime writer [1 ] James M. Cain and the stories in the pulp magazine . Black Mask [2 ] No Orchids for Miss Blandish provoked considerable controversy because of its explicit depiction of sexuality and violence. The novel was a great critical success and was included in the [2 ] . Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century
In 1942, the novel was adapted into a stage play which ran for over 200 performances at the
Prince of Wales Theatre in London. In 1948, it was adapted into a British film [3 ] . The 1971 American film No Orchids for Miss Blandish was also based on the novel. The Grissom Gang
It was also the subject of a fairly well-known essay by
George Orwell, , and parodied by Raffles and Miss Blandish Raymond Queneau in . We Always Treat Women Too Well
The 1939 novel was extensively rewritten and rearranged by the author in 1962 because he thought the world of 1939 too distant for a new generation of readers. Unfortunately this means that readers of the Orwell essay will not understand many of Orwell's quotations and references because they came from the earlier edition.
^ Bloom p.144
^ a b Stableford pp. 130-138
^ Chibnall & Murphy p. 37
Bibliography [ edit ]
Bestsellers: popular fiction since 1900. Palgrave MacMillan, 2002. Chibnall, Steve & Murphy, Robert.
British crime cinema. Routledge, 1999. "No Orchids for Miss Blandish" in
Yesterday's Bestsellers by Brian Stableford. Wildside Press, 1998, ISBN 978-0-8095-0906-5.