RARA-AVIS: Re: The Flitcraft Parable

From: Channing ( filmtroll@sbcglobal.net)
Date: 29 Feb 2008

I just finished reading the Hammett Biography by Diane Johnson. The Flitcraft Parable was also somewhat autobiographical.

Hammett essentially left his wife and kids to have a double life as a rich and famous writer/celebrity.

Also, Hammett was drawn to a heavily regimented life and seemed to enjoy it, as much as anyone can enjoy prison, two stints in the army and one in the army hospital. So the idea of a man living a systematic, routine existence appealed to him.

Where Hammett's life and Flitcraft's deviates is where Flitcraft started another identical existence with a new family.


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