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Dashiell Hammett
Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and... show more
Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse).

In addition to the significant influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time and was called, in his obituary in The New York Times, "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction." Time magazine included Hammett's 1929 novel Red Harvest on a list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005.
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Birth date: May 27, 1894
Died: January 10, 1961
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 weeks ago
(Original Review, 1981-03-08)"We don't do it that way...You're a storywriter. I can't trust you not to build up on what I tell you. I'll save mine till after you've spoken your piece, so yours won't be twisted to fit mine."In “The Dain Curse” by Dashiell Hammett"'Are you -- who make your living snoo...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 weeks ago
Original Review, 1981-03-05)Perhaps my deep, identity creating, connections to Germany has made me more open to their critical ideas, and to the effect those ideas have had in the US for the last 50 years. I don't always agree with them but I enjoy them. And as a disclaimer I often have NO idea what...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 weeks ago
(Original review, 1981-03-01)Hammett made no secret of Hammett’s wider (I suppose "wider" will do) literary ambitions, or that he earned his living writing a particular kind of story long after he'd have preferred to write something else. What I don't know is how and especially when he picked up his...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 weeks ago
(Original Review, 1999-12-10)When one wants to elect the best of Dashiell Hammet, one invariably chooses “The Maltese Falcon”, Classic that it is, but instead I would go for Dashiell Hammett’s short novel, “Nightmare Town” as one of my favourites. The set up is brilliant and the wider issues - Ameri...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one because it's so weird lol. Is it supposed to be suspenseful or some type of comedy? *Shrugs*
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