RARA-AVIS: Chandler on Hammett or was it on Ross MacDonald

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 24 Jan 2006

I've followed this threat for a while without comment--at least none where I hit the send key, but I think what we are really talking about is Hammett's comments on Ross MacDonald after he received his NYTimes Book Review cover review.

He did comment on the pock-marked (car), and said he was overrated. I suspect it may have been sour grapes over not being considered literary at the time.

The comment about Ross MacDonald's pock marked
(car) is in his letters, but later in his letters is the fact that he finally came around to admit that Ross was one of the great ones.

As far as I am concerned there were only two great onee--Chandler and Hammett.

Jack Bludis

http://www.jackbludis.com Shamus nominee for "Shadow of the Dahlia" Amazon.com / BN.com / MysteryLovesCompany.com

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