Re: RARA-AVIS: Uncollected Hammett Stories

From: William Denton (
Date: 18 Mar 2002

On 18 March 2002, wrote:

: If memory serves, as it often fails to do these days, there are good
: reasons these stories haven't been collected. It's hard to believe
: they were written by the same guy who wrote The Maltese Falcon.

Some of the stuff in NIGHTMARE TOWN wasn't so hot, but it's Hammett! His early work may not be great, and won't appeal to a lot of people, but he's a major figure in twentieth-century American literature and deserves to have all his work collected. It's happened to worse writers, and worse things have been collected by writers as good. I suppose if there were demand, it would be printed; perhaps a small press could do it, but maybe the permissions would be hard to get.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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