Re: RARA-AVIS: Nightmare Town

Neil (
Thu, 16 Sep 1999 11:50:01 -0500

That NYT review of Nightmare Town, I agree, was awful. And I think it's because you have a reviewer who had already dismissed Hammett as an author before even coming to this collection. What was that line about H's continually sagging rep that wasn't going to be boosted by this collection? I wasn't aware Hammett's influence was waning. If anything, I have always found him more interesting than Chandler, and thought his literary stock was being re-appreciated. So the reviewer is telling us what he would like to happen (Hammett go bye-bye) in spite of the reality, which is opposite.

Who'll they get to review that Library of America novel collection?


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