Cornell Woolrich was an American author and short story writer. He made his debut in 1926 with the release of his first book, Cover Charge.

The name Cornell Woolrich was the author’s birth name, but he also wrote under the pen names of William Irish and George Hopley. Woolrich was born in New York City and Mexico as a youth before attending New York’s Columbia University. He didn’t graduate as he had his first novel published while he was still in school. Cornell worked in Los Angeles as a screenwriter. He also had books turned into movies. Woolrich ended up passing away in 1968. He ended up bequeathing his estate of $850,000 to Columbia University in order for it to be used as scholarship money for writing students.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Cover Charge (1926)Description / Buy at
Children of the Ritz (1927)Description / Buy at
Times Square (1929)Description / Buy at
A Young Man's Heart (1930)Description / Buy at
The Time of Her Life (1931)Description / Buy at
Manhattan Love Song (1932)Description / Buy at
The Black Curtain (1941)Description / Buy at
Black Alibi (1942)Description / Buy at
Phantom Lady (As: William Irish) (1942)Description / Buy at
The Black Angel (1943)Description / Buy at
Deadline at Dawn (As:William Irish) (1944)Description / Buy at
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1945)Description / Buy at
The Black Path of Fear (1946)Description / Buy at
The Bride Wore Black (1946)Description / Buy at
Waltz Into Darkness (As:William Irish) (1947)Description / Buy at
Rendezvous in Black (1948)Description / Buy at
I Married a Dead Man (1948)Description / Buy at
Fright (1950)Description / Buy at
Savage Bride (1950)Description / Buy at
Strangler's Serenade (As:William Irish) (1951)Description / Buy at
Marijuana (1951)Description / Buy at
Hotel Room (1958)Description / Buy at
Into the Night (With: Lawrence Block) (1959)Description / Buy at
The Doom Stone (1960)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Rear Window (1991)Description / Buy at
Mystery in Room 913 (2013)Description / Buy at
Too Nice a Day to Die (2014)Description / Buy at
Guns, Gentlemen (2015)Description / Buy at
Hot Water (2015)Description / Buy at
The Dark Oblivion (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Collections

Rear Window and Other Stories (By: Maxim Jakubowski) (1942)Description / Buy at
Violence (1958)Description / Buy at
Beyond the Night (1959)Description / Buy at
Nightmare (1964)Description / Buy at
The Ten Faces of Cornell Woolrich (1965)Description / Buy at
The Dark Side of Love (1965)Description / Buy at
Nightwebs (1971)Description / Buy at
Angels of Darkness (1978)Description / Buy at
The Fantastic Stories of Cornell Woolrich (1981)Description / Buy at
Darkness at Dawn (1985)Description / Buy at
Vampire's Honeymoon (1985)Description / Buy at
Blind Date with Death (1985)Description / Buy at
Night and Fear (With: Francis M. Nevins Jr.) (1990)Description / Buy at
Tonight, Somewhere in New York (With: Francis M. Nevins Jr.) (2005)Description / Buy at
Love and Night (2007)Description / Buy at
Literary Noir (2018)Description / Buy at
An Obsession with Death and Dying (2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Daring Detectives(1969)Description / Buy at
Tantalizing Locked Room Mysteries(1982)Description / Buy at
Tales of Mystery(1986)Description / Buy at
Mammoth Book of Short Crime Novels(1986)Description / Buy at
Kill or Cure(1989)Description / Buy at
Tales of the Occult(1989)Description / Buy at
Pulp Frictions: Hardboiled Stories(1996)Description / Buy at
Murder to Music(1997)Description / Buy at
The Vintage Book of Amnesia(2000)Description / Buy at
Murder On The Railways(2003)Description / Buy at

If You Like Cornell Woolrich Books, You’ll Love…

I Married a Dead Man begins as a pregnant Helen Georgesson flees her abusive relationship and gets on a train looking for a new life. She ends up meeting a woman named Patrice Hazzard who is also pregnant. Sadly, the train crashes which costs Patrice her life and that of her husband. When Helen wakes up in the hospital she is mistaken for Patrice Hazzard and doesn’t correct them. Patrice’s new family had never met her and they end up taking her in. However, Helen’s ex-lover is not done with her and has plans to get his revenge.

Cover Charge was the debut novel from Cornell Woolrich and it was published when he was just twenty-two years old. The book was heavily influenced by F. Scott Fitzgerald and was written during the Jazz Age. The story is skillfully written, especially for a debut. The book follows the loves and lives of a group of young people as they work through their lives.

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