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

From: terry bowman ( foolesgold@gmail.com)
Date: 25 Nov 2007

From the NY SUN:

"In Hemingway's "Death in the Afternoon," he remarks that his wife is reading Hammett's "The Dain Curse," adding that it's his "bloodiest yet" ("The Dain Curse" was Hammett's second novel). In Hammett's "The Main Death," his detective, the Continental Op, notices that a witness is reading "The Sun Also Rises."

http://www.nysun.com/article/9177 page 2

So it looks like it was mutual


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Dick Lochte" <dlochte@...> wrote:
> 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
> 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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