RARA-AVIS: atwood's hammett article

From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 26 Jan 2002

thanks for the heads up, marianne, and thanks for the article link, bobt.

i read the online atwood article about hammett. it was interesting. i have read _red harvest_ and _maltese falcon_, but i didn't know much about hammett. the article gave quite a bit of revealing biographical material.

when i first read it, i got the impression that atwood really didn't much care for hammett's writing. much of her appreciation for his writing was from an 11-year- old's view, and i sensed the proverbial "damning with faint praise". but when i read it again, i decided i was probably wrong.

there were a couple things that went over my head. i'd never associated complex plots with being "Jacobean", and she used a couple words that started with ur-, one being
"ur-form" in the footnotes.


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