RARA-AVIS: Hammett review

From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 11 Nov 2001

Since he probably won't mention it, George Pelecanos has a review of the new Hammett biography, A Daughter Remembers, and the LoA collection of his short stories in today's Washington Post. Two papragraphs:

"He is credited with creating the tough, unsentimental and reportorial style of fiction known as hard-boiled. Never mind that hard-boiled pulp practitioners like Carroll John Daly had preceded him in Black Mask, or that Hemingway was developing his own brand of muscular, rhythmic, stripped-down prose at the same time. Hammett wasn't the first realist in crime fiction, but he was the first to bring it up to the level of violent art."


"He invented an entire genre of literature, as unique to this country as blues and jazz, and just as lasting. Raymond Chandler said that Hammett
"did over and over again what only the best writers can ever do at all. He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before." What a legacy."

The whole review can be read at:


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