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Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961)

Author of The Maltese Falcon

315+ Works 28,856 Members 804 Reviews 151 Favorited

About the Author

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 show more 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) show less
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Series

Works by Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon (1930) 9,131 copies
The Thin Man (1934) 4,261 copies
Red Harvest (1929) 3,007 copies
The Glass Key (1931) 2,059 copies
The Dain Curse (1929) 1,373 copies
The Continental Op (1945) 1,307 copies
Woman in the Dark (1933) 593 copies
Nightmare Town: Stories (1999) 564 copies
The Hunter and Other Stories (2013) 110 copies
After the Thin Man [1936 film] (1936) — Original novel — 77 copies
Blood Money (1927) 71 copies
Song of the Thin Man [1947 film] (1947) — Original book — 58 copies
Secret Agent X-9 (1976) 53 copies
Fly-Paper (1980) 38 copies
Creeps by night; chills and thrills (1931) — Editor — 37 copies
Arson Plus [Short story] (1923) 31 copies
Dead Yellow Women (1947) 30 copies
The Creeping Siamese (1950) 27 copies
L'istinto della caccia (1967) 23 copies
Detective Stories (2009) 20 copies
The Maltese Falcon (audio dramatization) (2008) — Author — 20 copies
Watch on the Rhine [1943 film] (1943) — Screenwriter — 19 copies
Night Shots [short story] (1924) 19 copies
Mort et cie (1988) 17 copies
Vintage Hammett (2005) 15 copies
Hammett Homicides (1946) 14 copies
Interrogatoires (1900) 12 copies
First Aid to Murder (2001) 10 copies
The Red Brain (1961) — Editor — 9 copies
Der schwarze Hut (1990) 8 copies
Tres novelas policíacas (2001) 8 copies
L'apprendista assassino (2002) 8 copies
Romans (2009) 7 copies
Cuando Uno Esta de Suerte (1901) 7 copies
Obras selectas (1973) 7 copies
Meistererzählungen (1989) 6 copies
Das große Umlegen (1979) 6 copies
Romanzi e racconti (2004) 6 copies
Disparos en la noche (2013) 5 copies
I grandi romanzi gialli (1987) 4 copies
Sirca Anahtar (2014) 4 copies
Breakdown and Other Thrillers — Editor — 4 copies
Todas las novelas (2017) 3 copies
Matamoscas (2018) 3 copies
The Continental Op (2022) 3 copies
Seara Vermelha (2002) 3 copies
The Scorched Face — Author — 3 copies
Selected detective prose (1985) 3 copies
Tulip 3 copies
Flic maison (2015) 2 copies
Zwei scharfe Messer (1997) 2 copies
Le salaire du crime (1992) 2 copies
Punane lõikus : [romaan] (2006) 2 copies
Sam spade (1987) 2 copies
Piombo e sangue 2 copies
El Precio del delito (1901) 2 copies
Det store bankranet (1982) 2 copies
Victory Through Africa (2016) 2 copies
Kylmät jäähyväiset (2010) 2 copies
Cauchemar ville (1992) 2 copies
OBRA SELECTA 1 copy
Un sale Bled 1 copy
ROMANZI 1 copy
Relatos 1 copy
První hubený muž (2001) 1 copy
Krvavé povídky (1999) 1 copy
Město děsu (2000) 1 copy
Ceifa vermelha (1929) 1 copy
On the way (2016) 1 copy
Piege a filles (1970) 1 copy
Faith 1 copy
Night Shade 1 copy
Hollywood Story (2002) 1 copy
Hokuspokus (1964) 1 copy
The Big Knockover (1927) 1 copy
Omnibus 1 copy
El Rapto (1995) 1 copy
Sokol maltanski (2016) 1 copy
New Hammett 1 copy
1991 1 copy
Lep na muchy 1 copy

Associated Works

The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps (2007) — Contributor — 534 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 455 copies
The Maltese Falcon [1941 film] (1941) — Original book — 412 copies
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) — Contributor — 234 copies
Miller's Crossing [1990 film] (1990) — Original stories — 207 copies
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Contributor — 183 copies
Yojimbo [1961 film] (1961) — Original novel — 152 copies
The Thin Man [1934 film] (1934) — Original book — 133 copies
Great Modern Reading (1943) — Contributor — 107 copies
Ten Great Mysteries (1959) — Contributor — 103 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008) — Contributor — 103 copies
The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (1886) — Contributor — 102 copies
A New Omnibus of Crime (1771) — Contributor — 97 copies
The Fantastic Pulps (1975) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contributor — 69 copies
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Contributor — 69 copies
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (1996) — Contributor — 69 copies
Murderous Schemes (1996) — Contributor — 58 copies
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics (2009) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Glass Key [1942 film] (1942) — Original book — 38 copies
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contributor — 33 copies
Rogues' Gallery: The Great Criminals of Modern Fiction (1945) — Contributor — 27 copies
Sporting Blood: The Great Sports Detective Stories (1942) — Contributor — 25 copies
Great detective stories (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
Ellery Queen's Twentieth Century Detective Stories (1964) — Contributor — 19 copies
Great American Detective Stories (1945) — Contributor — 12 copies
Murder Without Tears (1946) — Contributor — 9 copies
Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense 1974 Volume 2 (1974) — Contributor — 7 copies
Murder for the Millions (1946) — Contributor — 7 copies
Sorte orkideer : 13 korte kriminalromaner (1988) — Contributor — 6 copies
Den kriminelle novelle (1999) — Author, some editions — 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver II (1995) — Contributor — 5 copies
Giant Mystery Reader (1951) — Author — 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver I (1995) — Contributor — 4 copies
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contributor — 2 copies
Best Stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (1944) — Contributor — 2 copies
150 anni in Giallo (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies
American Detective Stories (1943) — Contributor — 2 copies
Best film plays, 1943-44 (1977) — Contributor — 1 copy
The Avon Annual 1945: 18 Great Modern Stories (1945) — Contributor — 1 copy
Creasey Mystery Magazine (Vol. 4, Issue 7) (1956) — Contributor — 1 copy
15 Great Stories of Today (1946) — Contributor — 1 copy
Appendici in giallo 1 (racconti) — Contributor — 1 copy
Horror and Homicide (1949) — Contributor — 1 copy
Antoloxia Do Relato Policial (aula Das Letras) (2013) — Author, some editions — 1 copy

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#538 in our old book database. Not rated.
 
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villemezbrown | 1 other review | Mar 31, 2024 |
Dashiell Hammett was one of the pre-eminent American writers of the early 20th Century; arguably, he invented the hardboiled detective genre with such works as “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Continental Op.” “Woman in the Dark,” published in a magazine in 1933 and subsequently as a pulp paperback in the 1950s, is a novella about, well, a woman who appears out of the dark and messes up the life of Brazil, an ex-con trying to live his life. It’s slight, but showcases all of the hallmarks of this type of fiction: the mysterious, perhaps lethal, woman, the man on the run, the mob or mob-type bad guys and the cops, who might also be bad guys too. I found a hardcover edition published by Knopf in 1988 in a local free book box - a total fluke, meaning I have no idea if it’s findable in any way other than serendipity, but if you do come across it, you’ll have an enjoyable (if sexist) experience for half an hour or so; recommended!… (more)
 
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thefirstalicat | 24 other reviews | Mar 29, 2024 |
At times darker than the usual detective noir of this era that I'm familiar with, this collection of short stories starring our unnamed and unfit capable detective hits all the notes that I expected and hoped for. There are dangerous villains, terrible dames, double crosses, caricatures, as well as my favourite bits: the unglamorous boring grunt work of sitting around and waiting.

Having only been acquainted with Hammett's polished novel length famous heroes, these rough-edged curt men somehow feel more appealing, like a revelation of the real everyday world of these detectives, rather than just being associated with their high profile, once-in-a-lifetime cases. Will be seeking out even more Hammetts now.… (more)
 
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Donald Wandrei Contributor
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André Maurois Contributor
William Faulkner Contributor
Paul Suter Contributor
Conrad Aiken Contributor
Megan Wilson Cover designer
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H. Lawrence Hoffman Cover artist
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Eric Meyers Narrator
John Drew Cover artist
Peter Naujack Translator
Raymond Meier Cover artist
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James Walker Cover artist
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Wulf Teichmann Translator
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Martina Read Cover artist
Henri Robillot Translator
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Richard Allen Narrator
Marina Premoli Translator
Natalie Beunat Contributor
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Works
315
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64
Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
804
ISBNs
797
Languages
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Favorited
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