An elegant figure with a real background as a private eye, Hammett pioneered hard-boiled fiction with his plain-spoken dialogue and classic characters such as Sam Spade, Nick Charles, and the Continental Op. Opening the door for a slew of imitators, Hammett left an indelible mark with a relatively short body of work.
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Also Known As:
Samuel Dashiell Hammett (full name)
Date of Birth:
May 27, 1894
Place of Birth:
St. Mary, Maryland
Date of Death:
January 10, 1961
|Place of Death:
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
|A Fictional Doppelganger||More About "Dash"|
|The Thin Man|
Dashiell Hammett, Jeff Stone (Editor)
Hammett and paramour Lillian Hellman formed real-life counterparts to the witty, urbane crime-solving couple Nick and Nora Charles, but William Powell and Myrna Loy later became identified with the pair after they starred in a series of highly popular film spinoffs of the author's last novel.
|Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers|
Jo Hammett, Richard Layman (Editor), Julie M. Rivett (Editor)
This memoir is a treasure trove for fans -- not only because of its anecdotes and unsparing view of Hammett's charms and faults, but for its plentiful illustrations with photos from Hammett's archive.
|Photo by Azarnick||