A Young Man’s Heart by Cornell Woolrich
A Young Man’s Heart
by Cornell Woolrich

Cornell Woolrich, or Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich to give him full name, also wrote as William Irish and George Hopley.  But it did not matter what name appeared on the cover, this accomplished crime novelist and short story writer churned out bestseller after bestseller and his books were snapped up by Hollywood producers eager for murders and mysteries.
 
Many notable film noir movies were adapted from Woolrich’s writing, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, which was inspired by a Woolrich novella called It Had to Be Murder, and Francois Truffaut’s version of The Bride Wore Black. I Married a Dead Man has been filmed three times.

Glancing through Woolrich’s bibliography is a delight. The word ‘black’ appears in his book titles a number of times. You will also see ‘dead’, ‘lady’ and ‘night’ in his titles. His early work was inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald but his decision to turn to pulp and detective fiction meant he would eventually be mentioned in the same sentence as Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

Woolrich’s own life story is rather sad despite his success in print and on the screen. He had a failed marriage, problems with drink and a leg amputated. He lived for years in Hotel Marseilles in New York with his mother. By the end, he was a recluse. Incredibly, most of his books are now out-of-print.

To discover more about this master of suspense, read Francis Nevin’s biography of Woolrich entitled First You Dream Then You Die or Woolrich’s autobiography Blues of a Lifetime.

A Selection of Cornell Woolrich Books

Children of the Ritz by Cornell Woolrich
Children of the Ritz
by Cornell Woolrich
Black Alibi by Cornell Woolrich
Black Alibi
by Cornell Woolrich
The Black Angel by Cornell Woolrich
The Black Angel
by Cornell Woolrich
The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich
The Bride Wore Black
by Cornell Woolrich
The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich
The Black Path of Fear
by Cornell Woolrich
The Black Curtain by Cornell Woolrich
The Black Curtain
by Cornell Woolrich
Into the Night by Cornell Woolrich
Into the Night
by Cornell Woolrich
Rendezvous in Black by Cornell Woolrich
Rendezvous in Black
by Cornell Woolrich
Times Square by Cornell Woolrich
Times Square
by Cornell Woolrich
Night Has A Thousand Eyes by George Hopley
Night Has A Thousand Eyes
by George Hopley
After-Dinner Story by William Irish
After-Dinner Story
by William Irish
Dead Man Blues by William Irish
Dead Man Blues
by William Irish
The Dancing Detective by William Irish
The Dancing Detective
by William Irish
Deadline at Dawn by William Irish
Deadline at Dawn
by William Irish
The Blue Ribbon by William Irish
The Blue Ribbon
by William Irish
I Married a Dead Man by William Irish
I Married a Dead Man
by William Irish
Eyes that Watch You by William Irish
Eyes that Watch You
by William Irish
Marihuana by William Irish
Marihuana
by William Irish
Phantom Lady by William Irish
Phantom Lady
by William Irish
Waltz into Darkness by William Irish
Waltz into Darkness
by William Irish
You’ll Never See Me Again by William Irish
You’ll Never See Me Again
by William Irish
Fright by George Hopley
Fright
by George Hopley
Beyond the Night by Cornell Woolrich
Beyond the Night
by Cornell Woolrich
Six Nights of Mystery by William Irish
Six Nights of Mystery
by William Irish
Death is my Dancing Partner by Cornell Woolrich
Death is my Dancing Partner
by Cornell Woolrich
The Doom Stone by Cornell Woolrich
The Doom Stone
by Cornell Woolrich
Dilemma of the Dead Lady by William Irish
Dilemma of the Dead Lady
by William Irish
The Ten Faces of Cornell Woolrich by Cornell Woolrich
The Ten Faces of Cornell Woolrich
by Cornell Woolrich

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