Re: RARA-AVIS: Hammett and... Henry James

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 21 Nov 2007

Reputedly, Hammett told James Thurber that part of the plot for Falcon came from Wings of the Dove. Hammett also said that it was to James that he owed his 'conceptions of literary style and his ideas of method'. And Hammett also used 'The Turn Of The Screw' as an example of literary excellence in an introduction to a short story collection called 'Creeps By Night' (John Day, 1931).

But as Kevin pointed out, you have to watch what writers say. They're generally pretty good at spinning a yarn.


----- Original Message ----- From: "jacquesdebierue" <> To: <> Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:25 PM Subject: RARA-AVIS: Hammett and... Henry James

> Not long ago, a comparison was made here between the hardboiled style
> exemplified by Dashiell Hammett and the labored, labyrinthine style of
> Henry James.

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