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Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels ( Red Harvest / The Dain Curse / The Maltese Falcon / The Glass Key / The Thin Man ) Hardcover – August 30, 1999
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It was a big year for Hammett. He was the subject of a TV film as well as an American Masters TV biography. Knopf, his original publisher, gathered 20 early stories, and the Library of America added his complete novels to its prestigious ranks. Long overdue recognition. (Classic Returns, LJ 8/99)
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About the Author
Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), a master of the hard-bolied detective fiction, was the author of The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and the Continental Op stories, among other celebrated works.
Steven Marcus, volume editor, is George Delacorte Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, at Columbia University. A distinguished cultural historian and literary critic, he is the author of many books, including The Other Victorians and Engels, Manchester, and the Working Class. He is also the editor of the historic collection of Hammett stories, The Continental Op.
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The NYC dicks are watching his place and the bad guy burst in intent on shooting Nick North.Nick elbows his wife out of the bed hard.
Shots are fired and the NYC dicks are hot on the heels of the purp. Norra wakes from her black out state and starts complaining that she has missed the best part of the whole thing. The Dick say; "By God,now there is a woman with hair on her chest." Then he apologizes to Nora,
and she say no offence taken.Still she is pissed she didn't get to see the action.Who but Hammett can write stuff like that!
The guy was in WWI and got discharged for TB,then he fought his way back in to the Army for WWII,an adventure junkie,who can write.
DASHIELL HAMMETT--5/27/1894 to 1/10/61 (66).
Created the CONTINENTIAL OP..SAM SPADE & NICK
and NORA CHARLES. Was imprisoned and black listed.
Politically active,drank/smoked a lot and had TB.
Died of lung cancer.
ALL the people in his stories were based on people
he knew. HARDBOILED FICTION WRITER.
* SAM SPADE-cold,detached,determined, a tarnished
idealist, has seen it all. A great detective.
*NICK and NORA CHARLES--RICH, a married couple who
solves murders. Funny.
+THE RED HARVEST 1929
Donald Willsson is murdered,a labor dispute.a town
that needs cleaned up and violent events.
+THE DAIN CURSE 1929
a curse on the Dain family,robbery,morphine,murder.
+THE MALTESE FALCON 1930
(some say the GREATEST novel ever written) MY FAVORITE!
Brigid O hires Sam to protect her partner Thurshy. A jewel
encrusted Falcon statue. You can't help but picture Mr. Bogart.
+THE GLASS KEY
a re-election campaign, NED B. and PAUL MADVIG. Gang wars,
+THE THIN MAN 1934
Nick and Nora Charles--a delightful couple.Their friend Clyde Wynant
is missing later found dead. ASTA.
ALL A MUST READ. YOU HAVE TO READ HAMMETT. THEY ARE THE BEST
BOOKS OUT THERE !
I liked this book so much I accidently ordered it and I already
have it. Now I have to find some one to give it too.
bbp okc 62
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