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Crime Stories and Other Writings

By Dashiell Hammett, 1894-1961

"If Dashiell Hammett ends up rubbing (or bending) elbows with Mark Twain, why, probably neither man will mind." (Chicago Sun Times, on Hammett: Complete Novels)

In scores of stories written for Black Mask and other pulp magazines in the 1920s and 1930s, Dashiell Hammett used the vernacular adventure tale to register the jarring textures and revved-up cadences of modern America. His stories opened up crime fiction to the realities of American streets and American speech. These texts, along with some revealing essays and an early version of his novel The Thin Man, are reprinted here for the first time without the cuts and revisions introduced by later editors.

Hammett's years of experience as a Pinkerton detective give even his most outlandishly plotted mysteries a gritty credibility. Mixing melodramatic panache and poker-faced comedy, his stories are hard-edged entertainment for an era of headlong change and extravagant violence, tracking the devious, nearly nihilistic exploits of con men and blackmailers, slumming socialites and deadpan assassins. As guide through this underworld he created the Continental Op, the nameless and deliberately unheroic detective separated from the brutality and corruption around him only by his professionalism.

Steven Marcus is the editor.

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1931082006


Format: Book
Author: Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961
Title: Crime stories and other writings / Dashiell Hammett.
Publisher Date: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, c2001.
Subject: Detective and mystery stories, American
Isbn: 1931082006 (alk. paper)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: M Hammett
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Bib Id: 166196

Format: Book
Author: Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961
Title: Crime stories and other writings / Dashiell Hammett.
Publisher, Date: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, c2001.
Description: 934 p. ; 21 cm.
Series: The Library of America ; 125
Series: Library of America ; 125.
Subjects: Detective and mystery stories, American
Other Title: Selections. 2001
Other Title: Crime stories & other writings
LCCN: 00054594
ISBN: 1931082006 (alk. paper)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: M Hammett