RARA-AVIS: Re: Hammett and the New

From: Channing (filmtroll@sbcglobal.net)
Date: 29 Jan 2009

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    I would recommend picking up the Lost Stories: Dashiell Hammett. http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Stories-Ace-Performer- Collection/dp/0972589813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233258569&sr=1-1

    Not only to get an overview of Hammett's writing career from inception to mastery, but also because editor Vince Emory gives an excellent biographical and historical perspective on why Dashiell Hammett was integral in the creation of Hard-boiled literature.

    In particular look at Hammett's early short story "The Road Home" for the genesis of the hardboiled mystery story. It was one of the first stories to feature tough, colloquial dialogue and emphasize the pursuit of criminals over the traditional solution of the mystery.

    The book skimps on Hammett's works but its brevity makes it easier to pinpoint what made Hammett new and vital.


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