Re: RARA-AVIS: Hammett/Kurosawa/Grimaldi/Last Man Standing

From: Bob Toomey (
Date: 21 Apr 2000

Keith Deutsch wrote:
> A very full description and analysis of the relationship between Red
> Harvest, Yojimbo, Last Man Standing, and Grimaldi (the producer whose name I
> could not remember but who does own the film rights to Red Harvest) can be
> found at:

Interesting article with a lot of speculation, no definitive answers, and at least one downright inaccuracy:

Hammett thought Red Harvest his best novel; so did highbrow critics. Robert Graves called it "a literary landmark," and Andre Gide dubbed it "the last word in atrocity, cynicism, and horror" (one assumes Gide meant it as compliment).

In fact Hammett considered THE GLASS KEY to be his best novel.


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