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

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 25 Nov 2007

Thanks for that, Dick. I confess that I haven't read any of the posthumously released stuff aside from A MOVEABLE FEAST. I have no doubt that Hemingway read and liked Hammett's stuff. The other claims in support of that point seem a stretch to me.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Dick Lochte
  Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 6:43 PM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Hammett and... Henry James

  Patrick King wrote:

>Hemingway cited Hammett as an influence on his sparse,
>discriptive sentence structure. It may be in A
>MOVEABLE FEAST, but Hemingway's specific quote on
>Hammett is not hard to find.

  To which Brian Thornton replied:

  Show, don't tell, Patrick. If it's so easy to find, please show it to us.
  I've read A MOVEABLE FEAST twice and I don't recall any specific reference
  along those lines at all. I suppose it's possible that I missed it, but
  being the big Hammett fan that I am, I doubt I'd have missed a reference
  like that one.

  The only reference I recall is in one of the last of the posthumously
  published Hemingways, probably True at First Light. The author and one of
  his wives are on safari and, at his request, she reads Hammett to him by
  firelight. I do not recall any specific comment on the quality of the work
  or its influence, but the assumption is that he liked it.

  Dick Lochte


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