RARA-AVIS: RE:Hammett as PI

From: Dick Lochte ( dlochte@adelphia.net)
Date: 17 Dec 2003

Richard wrote:

>But I think we can fall prey to putting on the authors the sins
of their
>admirers. While much may have been made of the Pinkerton past
of Hammett by
>Captain Shaw and others, lets face it, this was inevitable. I
do not recall
>(although I have not researched this by rereading biographies)
>Hammett overly
>harped on this.

And Kevin replied:

<I don't know that Hammett "overly" harped on it (certainly many of his admirers did -- and do) but he did write that 1923 article.
"From the Memoirs of a Private Detective" for SMART SET (located, for your convenience at http://www.thrillingdetective.com/trivia/hammett2.htm, so he did contribute at least partially -- and knowingly -- to his own myth.

I'm pretty sure that in the collection of Hammett's letters there are several he wrote to Shaw and Cody (Black Mask editors), reminding them of his Pinkerton experience. The implication being his stuff was more authentic than they were used to. I'd give specifics, but all I have is a bound galley of the book which has no index and so the hell with that.

Dick Lochte

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