On the Relevance of Complex Work

Complex Simple, Wassily Kandinsky, 1939

In the study of history of crime writing in American literature, important observation for me personally is the contrast of language and style ( not for the obvious reason of difference in their time of performance but in terms of what styles audience was most ripe for) between Edgar Allan Poe’s oratorical and abstract work and Hammett’s simplified and vernacular tones, with Hemingway claimed by experts as a certain link between…