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Samuel Dashiell Hammett was born on May 27, 1894 in St Mary's County, Maryland. Raised in Baltimore and Philadelphia, he attended Baltimore Polytechnic until he was 13 years old, but was forced to drop out and work a series of jobs to help support his family. At the age of 21 Hammett was hired by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency as an operative. After a stint in the United States Army during World War II, he married a nurse named Josephine Annas Dolan, whom he met when he fell ill with tuberculosis. In 1922, Hammett began writing for Black Mask magazine. Using his background in detective work, he created the tough guy detective characters Sam Spade and the Continental Op, as well as debonair sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. By 1927, Hammett had written the Poisonville series, which later became the novel Red Harvest. He wrote more than 85 short stories and five novels during his lifetime. The novels include The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, The Thin Man, and The Maltese Falcon, which was later adapted into a classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart. He also wrote an autobiography entitled Beams Falling: The Art of Dashiell Hammett. After his marriage faltered in the late 1920s, Hammett met Lillian Hellman, then a married 24-year-old aspiring playwright. In 1930, Hellman left her husband for Hammett. Eventually they both divorced their spouses and, although the two never married, they remained together until Hammett's death on January 10, 1961. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Maltese Falcon… (more)
The Maltese Falcon 8,760 copies, 270 reviews
The Thin Man 4,073 copies, 138 reviews
Red Harvest 2,883 copies, 85 reviews
The Glass Key 1,985 copies, 44 reviews
The Dain Curse 1,326 copies, 35 reviews
The Continental Op 1,260 copies, 26 reviews
Woman in the Dark 563 copies, 19 reviews
Nightmare Town: Stories 544 copies, 10 reviews
The Novels of Dashiell Hammett 511 copies, 7 reviews
The Hunter and Other Stories 106 copies, 5 reviews
After the Thin Man [1936 film] (Original novel) 73 copies, 4 reviews
Dinero Sangriento 63 copies, 1 review
Song of the Thin Man [1947 film] (Original book) 54 copies, 1 review
Secret Agent X-9 53 copies, 1 review
Fly-Paper 38 copies
Creeps by night; chills and thrills (Editor) 34 copies, 1 review
Arson Plus [Short story] 31 copies, 4 reviews
Dead Yellow Women 29 copies, 1 review
Mort et cie 16 copies
Vintage Hammett 15 copies
Watch on the Rhine [1943 film] (Screenwriter) 15 copies
Interrogatoires 12 copies
The Red Brain (Editor) 9 copies, 1 review
Todos los casos de Sam Spade 9 copies, 1 review
Tres novelas policíacas 7 copies, 1 review
Cuando Uno Esta de Suerte 6 copies, 1 review
Romans 5 copies
Disparos en la noche 4 copies, 1 review
The Tenth Clew [short story] 4 copies, 1 review
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Matamoscas 3 copies
Flic maison 2 copies
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The Road Home 2 copies
Sam spade 1 copy
Relatos 1 copy
ROMANZI 1 copy
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Antología de relatos 1 copy, 1 review
Aquel asunto del Rey 1 copy, 1 review
Hokuspokus 1 copy
El Rapto 1 copy
Faith 1 copy
Omnibus 1 copy
1991 1 copy
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (Contributor) 436 copies, 7 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (Contributor) 232 copies, 4 reviews
Miller's Crossing [1990 film] (Original stories) 194 copies, 4 reviews
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (Contributor) 178 copies, 6 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (Contributor) 102 copies, 2 reviews
Ten Great Mysteries (Contributor) 98 copies, 2 reviews
The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (Contributor) 98 copies, 1 review
Great Modern Reading (Contributor) 95 copies, 2 reviews
A New Omnibus of Crime (Contributor) 93 copies, 2 reviews
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (Contributor) 69 copies, 3 reviews
The Fantastic Pulps (Contributor) 69 copies, 2 reviews
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (Contributor) 68 copies, 1 review
Another Thin Man [1939 film] 61 copies, 2 reviews
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics (Contributor) 45 copies, 1 review
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (Contributor) 43 copies
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (Contributor) 33 copies
The Glass Key [1942 film] (Original book) 32 copies, 1 review
Great detective stories (Contributor) 19 copies
Great American Detective Stories (Contributor) 12 copies
Murder Without Tears (Contributor) 8 copies
Murder for the Millions (Contributor) 7 copies
Giant Mystery Reader (Author) 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver II (Contributor) 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver I (Contributor) 4 copies
American Detective Stories (Contributor) 2 copies, 1 review
Great Stories of Detection (Contributor) 2 copies
150 anni in Giallo (Contributor) 2 copies
Best film plays, 1943-44 (Contributor) 1 copy
15 Great Stories of Today (Contributor) 1 copy
Horror and Homicide (Contributor) 1 copy

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