Matt Racicot asked:
> Hey gang, I'm looking for the skinny (couldn't help it;) on biographies
(Dash, Cain, Chandler) revealing each writers' process.
Matt, for Hammett biographies you can start with my list of 16 books and 1
DVD about Hammett on Amazon:
I listed the titles about Hammett in order of importance (my opinion).
For Chandler bios, the one that started it all is Frank MacShane's "Life of
Raymond Chandler." Tom Hiney's "Raymond Chandler" is error-filled. Much
better (and more fun) is Robert Moss' "Raymond Chandler: A Literary
Reference." Matthew Bruccoli put together an 80-page useful section on
Chandler in "Hardboiled Mystery Writers" (which also includes a longer
section on Hammett). I've heard good things about "The Long Embrace: Raymond
Chandler and the Woman He Loved" by Judith Freeman, but haven't read it yet.
I haven't found much about Paul Cain. Possibly the best is the short bio of
him in William F. Nolan's book "The Black Mask Boys" (which is both
informational and one heckuva fun book to read).
Vince Emery Productions
- THE DASHIELL HAMMETT TOUR by Don Herron
- DISCOVERING THE MALTESE FALCON AND
SAM SPADE edited by Richard Layman
- HAMMETT'S MORAL VISION
by George J. "Rhino" Thompson
- LOST STORIES by Dashiell Hammett
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