RARA-AVIS: "Daghull" Hammett story "Immortality"

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 01 Feb 2003

Here it is, the full text of Hammett's second published story, from 10 STORY BOOK (November 1922, edited by Harry Stephen Keeler):

| I know little of science or art or finance or adventure. I have never
| written anything except brief and infrequent letters to my sister in
| Sacramento. My name, were it not painted on the windows of my shop,
| would be unknown to even the Polish family that lives and has many
| children across the street. Yet I shall live in the memories of men
| when those names are on every one's lips now are forgotten, and when the
| events of today are dim. I do not know whether I shall be remembered as
| a great wit, a dreamer of strange dreams, a great thinker, or a
| philosopher; but I do know that I, Oscar Blichy, the grocer, shall be an
| immortal. I have saved nearly seventeen thousand dollars from the
| profits of my shop during the last twenty years. I shall add to this
| amount as much as I can until the day of my death, and then it is to go
| to the writer of the best biography of me!
| -- By Daghull Hammett

Eleven months and nine stories later, the Continental Op appeared.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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