Horace McCoy

Horace McCoy was an American writer, best known for his hardboiled novels and his work in the film industry. His most famous novel, 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' is considered a classic of American literature.


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  1. 1. They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    This novel is a bleak depiction of the desperation of the Great Depression, set in the world of a grueling dance marathon. The two main characters, a young man and a woman, meet and form a partnership in order to survive the cruel contest. As they endure physical and mental exhaustion, the woman convinces the man to help her commit suicide, leading to his arrest and conviction for murder. The title refers to the practice of shooting horses that are too injured or old to be useful, suggesting a bleak view of human value and life.

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