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Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961)

Autor(a) de The Maltese Falcon

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About the Author

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was born on May 27, 1894 in St Mary's County, Maryland. Raised in Baltimore and Philadelphia, he attended Baltimore Polytechnic until he was 13 years old, but was forced to drop out and work a series of jobs to help support his family. At the age of 21 Hammett was hired by mostrar mais the Pinkerton National Detective Agency as an operative. After a stint in the United States Army during World War II, he married a nurse named Josephine Annas Dolan, whom he met when he fell ill with tuberculosis. In 1922, Hammett began writing for Black Mask magazine. Using his background in detective work, he created the tough guy detective characters Sam Spade and the Continental Op, as well as debonair sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. By 1927, Hammett had written the Poisonville series, which later became the novel Red Harvest. He wrote more than 85 short stories and five novels during his lifetime. The novels include The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, The Thin Man, and The Maltese Falcon, which was later adapted into a classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart. He also wrote an autobiography entitled Beams Falling: The Art of Dashiell Hammett. After his marriage faltered in the late 1920s, Hammett met Lillian Hellman, then a married 24-year-old aspiring playwright. In 1930, Hellman left her husband for Hammett. Eventually they both divorced their spouses and, although the two never married, they remained together until Hammett's death on January 10, 1961. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon (1930) 9,088 exemplares
The Thin Man (1934) 4,245 exemplares
Red Harvest (1929) 2,992 exemplares
The Glass Key (1931) 2,049 exemplares
The Dain Curse (1929) 1,371 exemplares
The Continental Op (1945) 1,302 exemplares
Woman in the Dark (1933) 588 exemplares
Nightmare Town: Stories (1999) 562 exemplares
The Hunter and Other Stories (2013) 110 exemplares
After the Thin Man [1936 film] (1936) — Original novel — 77 exemplares
Dinero Sangriento (1927) 69 exemplares
Song of the Thin Man [1947 film] (1947) — Original book — 57 exemplares
Secret Agent X-9 (1976) 52 exemplares
A Man Called Spade (1944) 51 exemplares
Fly-Paper (1980) 38 exemplares
Creeps by night; chills and thrills (1931) — Editor — 36 exemplares
Arson Plus [Short story] (1923) 31 exemplares
Dead Yellow Women (1947) 30 exemplares
The Creeping Siamese (1950) 27 exemplares
L'istinto della caccia (1967) 23 exemplares
The Return of the Continental Op (1930) 23 exemplares
The House in Turk Street (1946) 20 exemplares
Detective Stories (2009) 20 exemplares
Night Shots [short story] (1989) 19 exemplares
The Dashiell Hammett Megapack (2013) 19 exemplares
Watch on the Rhine [1943 film] (1943) — Screenwriter — 19 exemplares
Mort et cie (1988) 17 exemplares
Vintage Hammett (2005) 15 exemplares
Hammett Homicides (1946) 14 exemplares
The Maltese Falcon (Audio dramatization) (2008) — Autor — 13 exemplares
Interrogatoires (1900) 12 exemplares
The Maltese Falcon/The Glass Key (1944) 12 exemplares
The Farewell Murder [short story] (1994) 11 exemplares
First Aid to Murder (2001) 10 exemplares
Todos los casos de Sam Spade (2011) 9 exemplares
The Red Brain (1961) — Editor — 9 exemplares
Der schwarze Hut (1990) 8 exemplares
Tres novelas policíacas (2001) 8 exemplares
L'apprendista assassino (2002) 8 exemplares
Obras selectas (1973) 7 exemplares
Romans (2009) 6 exemplares
Meistererzählungen (1989) 6 exemplares
Cuando Uno Esta de Suerte (1901) 6 exemplares
Das große Umlegen (1979) 6 exemplares
Romanzi e racconti (2004) 6 exemplares
Creeps by night (Belmont books) (1961) 6 exemplares
Disparos en la noche (2013) 5 exemplares
Sirca Anahtar (2014) 4 exemplares
I grandi romanzi gialli (1987) 4 exemplares
Breakdown and Other Thrillers — Editor — 4 exemplares
Too Many Have Lived (2009) 4 exemplares
Matamoscas (2018) 3 exemplares
Seara Vermelha (2002) 3 exemplares
The Continental Op (2022) 3 exemplares
ΝΕΚΡΕΣ ΓΥΝΑΙΚΕΣ (2003) 3 exemplares
Der Engel vom ersten Stock (1991) 3 exemplares
Selected detective prose (1985) 3 exemplares
Dashiell Hammett Collection (2008) 3 exemplares
The Scorched Face — Autor — 3 exemplares
L' età d' oro del crimine (1993) 3 exemplares
Obras completas. Vol.2, Relatos (1994) 2 exemplares
Zwei scharfe Messer (1997) 2 exemplares
Todas las novelas (2017) 2 exemplares
Le salaire du crime (1992) 2 exemplares
Sam spade (1987) 2 exemplares
Punane lõikus : [romaan] (2006) 2 exemplares
A Man named thin 2 exemplares
FALCAO MALTES , O 2 exemplares
Adventures Of Sam Spade (2020) 2 exemplares
Skleněný klíč 2 exemplares
Windy City Pulp Stories no.20 (2021) 2 exemplares
Flic maison (2015) 2 exemplares
Victory Through Africa (2016) 2 exemplares
The Collected Dashiell Hammett (2015) 2 exemplares
The Gatewood Caper 2 exemplares
Kylmät jäähyväiset (2010) 2 exemplares
The Road Home (2001) 2 exemplares
Piombo e sangue 2 exemplares
Cauchemar ville (1992) 2 exemplares
Det store bankranet (1982) 2 exemplares
Tulip 2 exemplares
El Precio del delito (1901) 2 exemplares
Lawless Caper, The 1 exemplar
Ruffian's Wife [short story] (1925) 1 exemplar
The Centennial Op 1 exemplar
Mike Alec Or Rufus 1 exemplar
Un sale Bled 1 exemplar
CHEIA DE STICLA 1 exemplar
OBRA SELECTA 1 exemplar
Sam and the Psyche 1 exemplar
UN OM SUBTIRE 1 exemplar
Maltese Falcon 1 exemplar
Faith 1 exemplar
Relatos 1 exemplar
ROMANZI 1 exemplar
Miejskie historie (polish) (2010) 1 exemplar
Lazarus Caper, The 1 exemplar
Omnibus 1 exemplar
El halcon maltés 1 exemplar
On the way (2016) 1 exemplar
Piege a filles (1970) 1 exemplar
Lejd att mörda 1 exemplar
Död man talar 1 exemplar
New Hammett 1 exemplar
Five Continental Op Stories (2021) 1 exemplar
1991 1 exemplar
Lep na muchy 1 exemplar
První hubený muž (2001) 1 exemplar
Hokuspokus (1964) 1 exemplar
Hollywood Story (2002) 1 exemplar
Krvavé povídky (1999) 1 exemplar
Město děsu (2000) 1 exemplar
Obras Completas 1 exemplar
Ceifa vermelha (1929) 1 exemplar
Třikrát krvavá historie (1995) 1 exemplar
The Parthian Shot 1 exemplar
El Rapto (1995) 1 exemplar
Night Shade 1 exemplar
Nightmare Town [short story] (1924) 1 exemplar
Hammett Dashiell 1 exemplar
Inlåsta bevis 1 exemplar
The Collected Short Stories (2016) 1 exemplar
The Big Knockover 1 exemplar
Sokol maltanski (2016) 1 exemplar
O homem sombra 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps (2007) — Contribuidor — 531 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Contribuidor — 450 exemplares
The Maltese Falcon [1941 film] (1941) — Original book — 406 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) — Contribuidor — 234 exemplares
Miller's Crossing [1990 film] (1990) — Original stories — 206 exemplares
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
Yojimbo [1961 film] (1961) — Inspiration — 147 exemplares
The Thin Man [1934 film] (1934) — Original book — 131 exemplares
Great Modern Reading (1943) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Ten Great Mysteries (1959) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (1886) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
A New Omnibus of Crime (1771) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares
The Fantastic Pulps (1975) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (1996) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Another Thin Man [1939 film] (1939) 62 exemplares
Murderous Schemes (1996) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics (2009) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
The Glass Key [1942 film] (1942) — Original book — 37 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Rogues' Gallery: The Great Criminals of Modern Fiction (1945) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Sporting Blood: The Great Sports Detective Stories (1942) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Great detective stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Ellery Queen's Twentieth Century Detective Stories (1964) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Half-a-Hundred Stories for Men, Great Tales by American Writers (1945) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Great American Detective Stories (1945) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Murder Without Tears (1946) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense 1974 Volume 2 (1974) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Murder for the Millions (1946) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Sorte orkideer : 13 korte kriminalromaner (1988) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Den kriminelle novelle (1999) — Autor, algumas edições5 exemplares
Verdens største detektiver II (1995) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Giant Mystery Reader (1951) — Autor — 5 exemplares
Verdens største detektiver I (1995) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Best Stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
150 anni in Giallo (1989) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
American Detective Stories (1943) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Best film plays, 1943-44 (1977) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Avon Annual 1945: 18 Great Modern Stories (1945) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Creasey Mystery Magazine (Vol. 4, Issue 7) (1956) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
15 Great Stories of Today (1946) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Appendici in giallo 1 (racconti) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Horror and Homicide (1949) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Antoloxia Do Relato Policial (aula Das Letras) (2013) — Autor, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



November 2014: Dashiell Hammett em Monthly Author Reads (Dezembro 2014)


A long lost novella by a master.. Hammett is one of my heroes, unfortunately this short work has little to recommend it beyond the novelty of a "lost" work.
skid0612 | 22 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2024 |
He’s fat, in his late thirties, and of middling height. We know little of his past outside of his work. And in not one of the twenty-eight stories and two novels that he narrates does he ever give us his name. He’s just the Continental Op from the Continental Detective Agency.

Hammett was determined to bring some realism to the modern detective tale. He’d worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency for five years in two stints, before and after serving in the military in World War One. His specialty was shadowing people. The Continental Detective Agency is clearly modelled on Pinkerton’s. It will take any kind of case except divorce work. The Op isn’t a lone genius who briefly visits a crime scene and makes his deductions back at his house and announce the results in his parlor. He works with the local police. He pounds pavement interviewing people, consults company records – which were, in the approximately century old setting of these stories, better than any police force’s, and calls in other members of the agency to shadow people or pursue other lines of investigation. He’ll talk to switchboard operators and doctors and hotel employees and mailmen and all sorts of people in the days before privacy laws were not so prevalent. His stories may be packed with an unrealistic amount of action, but the Continental Ops methods are largely realistic.

He solves crimes. But he’ll also cover up client’s crimes, frame people, manipulate people into murder, let criminals go and not always capture the ones he wants, and deal with a rogue Continental employee.

The Continental Op stories have been frequently reprinted, but this is the first time all the stories and novels have been collected together. Editors Layman and Rivett (Hammett’s granddaughter and executor of his literary estate) present the stories in publication order (most were first printed in the famed Black Mask magazine) and provide plenty of ancillary material. Not only is there an introduction to Hammett and the Continental Op, but the stories are divided by editorial periods which have their own introductions as do the two novels and the one fragment of a Continental Op story included. They also throw in the occasional annotations for slang and historical allusions and some of Hammett’s responses to reader reactions. (Two longer responses cover Hammett’s argument that the uniqueness of fingerprints has not been absolutely proved and his comments on how shadowing is done.)

Hammett briefly studied journalism after his tuberculosis rendered him unable to continue being a detective. He got three pieces published in H. L. Mencken’s Smart Set magazine, and they suggested he redirect his efforts to pulp magazines. Hammett ended up selling some stories to Black Mask which did not, then, specialize in mystery stories. They were published under a pen name. But he eventually dropped that, and “Arson Plus”, the first Continental Op story, was published on October 1, 1923.

The stories published under George W. Sutton were short, and not drenched in violence, and the Continental Op doesn’t even pack a gun in them. They were still interesting and thrilling, and Hammett became one of the magazine’s most popular writers and helped made Black Mask the acknowledged birthplace of “hard-boiled fiction”.

My favorite story of this period was “Zigzags of Treachery” where the investigation of a doctor’s death uncovers fraud and imposture. These stories set the pattern for most of the Continental Op stories. Most are set in San Francisco and have several recurring minor characters who are either police officials or other Continental detectives. Of course, we know less about them than we do the Continental Op.

Philip C. Cody took over as Black Mask editor in 1926. Hammett was one of his favorite writers, and the Continental Op stories often were novelette length, more violent, and the femmes more fatale. Some of my favorite Continental Op stories are from this period. The Op stumbles, while investigating another matter, into the deadly doings at “The House in Turk Street”. The femme fatale in“The Girl with the Silver Eyes” is particularly memorable. “The Golden Horseshoe” has the Continental Op dispensing some highly illegal and satisfying justice. “Corkscrew” deals with what we would now call human trafficking across the Arizona-Mexico border. It feels like a western and, in some ways, prefigures The Cleansing of Poisonville. “Dead Yellow Women” is something like a parody of Yellow Peril stories.

Hammett eventually got disgusted with Cody though. He wanted more money for his work, and Cody owed him money for work he’d already sold. Hammett quit writing in March 1926 and took a job doing advertising work for a San Francisco jeweler. He worked hard and competently, but in July the tubercular Hammett collapsed in a pool of blood and had to give up that job. Now forced to live on just a veteran’s disability pension, he returned to writing.

The new editor at Black Mask was Joseph Shaw known affectionately and respectively by his writers as “Captain Shaw”. Hammett was his favorite writer in the Black Mask stable. Shaw had the idea of taking inspiration from current crime stories, and the Continental Op stories reached an epic crescendo of violence and deceit with “The Big Knock-Over” and its sequel “$106,000 Blood Money”. The Continental Op even went overseas to a fictitious Balkan country in “The King Business” and gets involved in a coup. I also liked “Fly Paper” with its plot of poison.

What’s Hammett’s style like? Well, you know his terse style even if you’ve never read a word of Hammett. You’ve heard it imitated in movies and even seen it in comics. It was so influential it became cliché.

Here’s one of my favorite examples:

’I’ve arranged a death or two in my time, when it was necessary. But this is the first time I’ve ever had the killing fever. It started out right enough. When old Elihu Willsson ran out on me after hiring me to clean town, there was nothing I could do but set the boys against each other and have ‘em wipe themselves out for me. Without Elihu’s backing I couldn’t have got anywhere fooling with courts and legal evidence. I had to do the job the best way I could, which meant stacking so everybody . . . would think everybody else was double-crossing them. That couldn’t lead anywhere but to a lot of killings. How in hell could I help it?

’Play with enough murder, and it gets you one of two ways. It makes you sick, or you get to like it.’

’What in the name of God did you bring the ice pick in for?’

’To show you how my mind’s running. Yesterday, if I thought about it at all, it was as a good tool to pry off hunks of ice.’ I ran a finger down its half-foot of round steel blade to the needle point. ’Not a bad thing to pin a man to his clothes with. That’s the way I’m getting, on the level. There’s a piece of copper wire lying out in the gutter in front of the house – thin and soft and just long enough to twist around a neck with enough ends to hold good. I had one hell of a time to keep from picking it up and putting it in my pocket, just in case—’

’You’re crazy!’

’I told you. I was going blood-simple.’

That’s actually a somewhat uncharacteristic sample since it’s from the serialized Continental Op novel The Cleansing of Poisonville. Novels gave Hammett the opportunity to extend his gift for dialogue, to give us more characterization beyond clothes and physical description. In that scene, the Op is talking to Dinah Brand, “Poisonville’s Cleopatra” and one of his more memorable characters,

I was particularly keen to read The Cleansing of Poisonville since it became the novel Red Harvest. (Hammett fans seem to prefer the original version. Red Harvest had almost every paragraph changed from its source.) The latter novel is said to have been the inspiration for Akira Kurosawa’s famed movie Yojimbo which inspired A Fistful of Dollars, Last Man Standing, and Omega Doom (and those are just the official and unofficial remakes I’ve seen – there are at least four others I haven’t).

As with the contention Ambrose Bierce’s “The Moonlit Road” served as the inspiration for Kurosawa’s Rashomon, I’ve never seen completely convincing evidence of a chain of access and inspiration for Red Harvest inspiring Yojimbo, but the stories are certainly similar. A lone man comes to town, finds a den of corruption and violence, and manipulates gangsters, politicians, and police into committing a bloodbath on each other. Here the Continental Op is called to Personville, Montana (modelled on the real corruption and violence of Butte, Montana) at the behest of a client who ends up dead before he ever meets him. The Continental Op does indeed end up with a “killing fever” that will see him not reporting to his boss and suspected of murder by his fellow detectives. It is the strongest evidence of Layman’s and Rivett’s contention that, in the Shaw years, the Continental Op stories began to hint at the emotional damage inflicted by his profession.

The Continental Op’s feelings for Dinah Brand are somewhat unclear in The Cleansing of Poisonville (romance and sex are never present between the Op and the women he meets), and they are even more ambiguous for Gabrielle Leggett, the woman at the center of The Dain Curse. As the bodies pile up around her, she is convinced she’s tainted by a family curse. This is a gaudy novel which features, among other things, a religious cult. It feels even more episodic than The Cleansing of Poisonville since Hammett constructed both novels to be almost self-contained stories in the four installments each took up in Black Mask. Hammett may have pronounced The Dain Curse silly and the least of his novels, but I still found it enjoyable, and it pulled me through its story quickly. This serialized version seems identical to the one published as a novel.

By 1930, Hammett was done with the Continental Op. He had already published The Maltese Falcon and was on to the novels that would make him rich and famous.

I was curious to see whether Hammett’s Communist sympathies, which would later get him into trouble and land him in jail, would show up in any of the stories. Not really. There are a couple of stories with I.W.W. members, but they are not sympathetically portrayed. The closest we get is the portrayal of some White Russian exiles in “The Gutting of Couffignal”.

If you’re curious about Hammett, this is not a bad place to start at all. My enthusiasm for reading this book never flagged in its more than 750 pages.
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RandyStafford | 2 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2024 |

Definitely one of those books in which the movie is way better.
Fortunesdearest | 142 outras críticas | Feb 1, 2024 |
Really liked it. I've never read Hammett before but had seen Maltese Falcon (when I was in HS) and was disappointed in the murder mystery plot. At the time, it wasn't enough of a big surprise / twist / whodunit. At that point for mystery I'd only read Sherlock Holmes & Agatha Christie. (& Encyclopedia Brown :) I felt same about novels of Raymond Chandler: the noir / hard-boiled atmosphere is great, but they seemed ALL atmosphere and the plots weren't neat enough for me. I think that 1) I've outgrown the need for plots to be a big "gotcha" and obviously that's not what Hammett & Chandler were going for. but 2) this book had more of a hook-y plot than Chandler. I recently read "The Dalton Case" by Ross McDonald (" has been called the primary heir to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler) and really liked it. Will look for more by these two. (Hammett wrote >80 short stories but only 5 novels.)… (mais)
dtscheme | 142 outras críticas | Dec 31, 2023 |


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