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									Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett
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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Dashiell Hammett
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:
New York
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Hammett's Classic

Published Novels

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								The Maltese Falcon, Author: 
								Dashiell Hammett.

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The Maltese Falcon
by Dashiell Hammett
Sam Spade -- the hardboiled sleuth who has since set the standard for fiction detective -- makes his debut in this Hammett classic. Don't miss the exclusive opportunity to discuss the book with Dashiell Hammett's granddaughter, Julie Rivett, and Hammett biographer Richard Layman.

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								Red Harvest, Author: 
								Dashiell Hammett, Jeff Stone (Editor).
*  Red Harvest (1929)
*  The Dain Curse (1929)
*  The Maltese Falcon (1930)
*  The Glass Key (1931)
*  The Thin Man (1934)

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A Fictional Doppelganger

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								The Thin Man, Author: 
								Dashiell Hammett, Jeff Stone (Editor).

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The Thin Man
by 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.

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								Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers, Author: 
								Jo Hammett, Richard Layman (Editor), Julie M. Rivett (Editor).

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Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers
by 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.

*The Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett  by Dashiell Hammett, Julie M. Rivett (Editor)
*The Critical Response to Dashiell Hammett  by Christopher Metress (Editor)
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