RE: RARA-AVIS: Dashiell Hammett

From: Andrew Albert J. Ty (
Date: 23 Mar 2004

Thanks very much, Marc! I don't have the Layman book, so in a nutshell, were these revisions major? Did they "improve" the original versions, in your opinion?


-----Original Message----- From: [mailto:]On Behalf Of Marc Seals Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 10:32 PM To: Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Dashiell Hammett

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> Does that mean that both RH and TDC were serialized?

Yes, RED HARVEST was published in four parts in 1927 and 1928 in BLACK MASK. It was called "The Cleansing of Poisonville" by editor Cap Shaw, but Hammett refered to is simply as "Poisonville." It was not called RED HARVEST until its publication as a novel in 1929.

THE DAIN CURSE was published in four parts in BLACK MASK (in 1928 and 1929).

Both were revised for their book publication.

For details, see pp. 88-105 of Richard Layman's SHADOW MAN: THE LIFE OF DASHIELL HAMMETT.


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