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Dashiell Hammett: Crime Stories and Other Writings (Library of America) Hardcover – September 10, 2001
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Of the three Hammett short story collections on my shelves, this volume replaces one: THE CONTINENTAL OP, which happened to be edited by Steven Marcus, the editor of the Library of America volume. It includes only 5 of the 20 selections in the recent NIGHTMARE TOWN repackaging; from THE BIG KNOCKOVER it leaves out "The Gatewood Caper," "Corkscrew" (the Continental Op goes cowboy!), and, most unforgivably, "Tulip," an autobiographical meditation on storytelling which is the only sizable chunk of Hammett's postwar writing ever to surface. It does include "Woman in the Dark," currently in print as a slim single volume, dropping its subtitle ("A Novel of Dangerous Romance"); there may be good textual reasons for that decision, but they aren't described in this edition's notes.
Nice to get this work on acid-free paper, but the Library of America is intended to produce authoritative editions. It's unfortunate if predictable that this goal is forgotten when the series takes on the work which needs such attention most: that which hasn't already received the scholarly text treatment.
That is how they messed up their "definative"' collection of Chandler and they seem to have made worse editing choices with their collection of Hammmett's stories. The way it stands now, if you want every story Hammett wrote you must buy this book. It includes five stories that appear to be collected here for the first time. But, then you'll have to buy "Nightmare Town" and the "Big Knockover". Why did LOA do it this way? Why not omit the four stories already available in "Nightmare Town" amd replace them with the three that are missing from "The Big Knockover"? That way if you bought "Nightmare Town" you'd have the twelve remaining stories and you're collection is complete. If they were strapped for space they could omit the 58 page typescript for "'The Thin Man".
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Dash wrote one story about Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon). He wrote one story about Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man). But he wrote almost two dozen about the Continental Op. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joe C. West
If you like crime fiction, I'm not sure there's anyone any better than Hammett. This volume, like most Library of America editions is beautifully printed and edited. Read morePublished 14 months ago by cheesis
Having only read "The Dain Curse", I wasn't sure what to expect from the story collection. But now that I've read all the included tales, I am impressed! Read morePublished 19 months ago by mx
Maybe he was good in his day but it was filled with far too many 'catch' phrases that quickly came to seem haggard and not a little boring. A BIG YAWN.Published 23 months ago by Colleen B.
There's not a Mt. Rushmore of American private eyes but Hammett's Continental Op wouldn't be one of the faces on it if there was. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Swordsman
Enjoyed reading this book. Of course i had read most of the stories before but it was good to have most of the Continental Op stories in one book. Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by Vikram Katju
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