Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Whitfield

From: William Denton (
Date: 14 Oct 2002

I'm still reading through CRIME STORIES AND OTHER WRITINGS, the Hammett anthology, and in the chronology at the back it mentions that Hammett had a long-running affair with Raoul Whitfield's wife! I hadn't known this, but there it is in Joan Mellen's HELLMAN AND HAMMETT:

"It was at this time [January 1936] that, weakened as he was by lung disease, venereal disease, and alcoholism, Dash began a relationship with Pru Whitfield, the wife of BLACK MASK writer Raoul Whitfield, who had himself fallen ill with tuberculosis."


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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