Hardboiled Activist: The Work and Politics of Dashiell Hammett

Hardboiled Activist: The Work and Politics of Dashiell Hammett

by Ken Fuller

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Overview

Some critics and biographers of Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, claim that evidence of his Marxism can be found in his stories and novels. This new study, by conducting an extensive survey of his short stories (published and unpublished), novels and screen stories, demonstrates that it was only at the end of his writing career that Hammett embraced Marxism, which was—almost literally—a lifesaver for him.

Hardboiled Activist also shows that, rather than being an innocent abroad, duped into following every twist and turn of Communist Party policy, Hammett knew exactly what he was doing, and, by taking a fresh look at the beliefs which others find controversial, Fuller corrects the distortions of some earlier accounts, thus allowing the reader to gain a rounded view of the real Hammett.

The book painstakingly traces Hammett’s political trajectory, from the nihilist who found life meaningless, to the anti-fascist campaigner who championed the cause of the Spanish Republic, to the defender of civil rights who chose to go to prison rather than betray his principles during the McCarthy period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781899155064
Publisher: Praxis Press
Publication date: 06/22/2017
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Ken Fuller is the author of Radical Aristocrats: London Busworkers from the 1880s to the 1980s (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1985). His three-volume history of the Philippine Left is published by University of the Philippines Press: Forcing the Pace: The Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, from Formation to Armed Struggle (2007); A Movement Divided: Philippine Communism, 1957-1986 (2011); and The Lost Vision: The Philippine Left, 1986-2010 (2015). In 2013, his e-book The Long Crisis: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Philippine Underdevelopment was published by Flipside (Quezon City).

A former trade union official from London, Ken Fuller has lived in the Philippines since 2003.

Table of Contents

PREFACE (i)

CHAPTER 1: IRONIES, PARADOXES AND CONTRADICTIONS 1

CHAPTER 2: SEARCHING FOR THE SOCIALIST 23

CHAPTER 3: THE DARKENING VISION 63

CHAPTER 4: HOLLYWOOD 123

CHAPTER 5: BROADWAY 155

CHAPTER 6: FOGGY GLIMPSES 193

CHAPTER 7: THE HARDBOILED ACTIVIST 225

CHAPTER 8: HARDBOILED TO THE END 253

CHAPTER 9: DRY 283

BIBLIOGRAPHY 317

INDEX 323

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 337

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