James M Cain Speech

James M. Cain

Goodmorning/afternoon Mrs Turnbull and Extension 1 English
The author I have chosen to present to you today is James Mallahan Cain. Cain is one of the most famous of the hard-boiled crime fiction writers who came to prominence in the United States during the 1930s and 40s. His contribution to the genre is further assured by the film adaptations of three of his novels, which quickly became classics in film noir, these include Double Indemnity, produced in 1944, Mildred Pierce 1945, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1946.
Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland on the 1st of July 1892, the son of James W. Cain, a renowned professor, and Rose Cain, an opera singer. In 1903, Cain’s family moved to Chesterton, where his father acted as President of Washington College. Cain attended the same college, receiving his B.A. at the age of eighteen in 1910, and masters in 1917 at age 25.
Cain worked various jobs before settling on a writing career, some of these include work as a meat packer, a clerk and a teacher, he was even employed as a singer for a brief period. During the last year of World War I, Cain served in the U.S. Army as the editor of the 79th Division newspaper Lorraine Cross in France, where his passion for writing initially evolved. During his time in the army, Cain experienced numerous horrific things, many of which inspired his crime writing in later years.
In 1917, after the war, Cain was employed by the Baltimore American as a police reporter, and then by The Baltimore Sun in 1919 for four years, where he covered political and industrial strife in West Virginia. A report he wrote on the trial of William Blizzard, a young coal miner, gained national recognition, this was Cains first baby step to becoming a world renowned prestigious writer. From 1923 to 1924 Cain acted as Professor of Journalism at St. John's College, Annapolis. In 1924 he became the editorial writer for the New York World under Walter Lippmann.