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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)
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The Maltese Falcon 8,283 copies, 258 reviews
The Thin Man 3,883 copies, 132 reviews
Red Harvest 2,705 copies, 79 reviews
The Glass Key 1,884 copies, 44 reviews
The Dain Curse 1,253 copies, 33 reviews
The Continental Op 1,219 copies, 24 reviews
The Novels of Dashiell Hammett (Author) 985 copies, 13 reviews
Nightmare Town: Stories 526 copies, 9 reviews
Woman in the Dark 525 copies, 17 reviews
Crime Stories & Other Writings 330 copies, 3 reviews
The Hunter and Other Stories 84 copies, 5 reviews
Blood Money 59 copies, 1 review
Secret Agent X-9 48 copies, 1 review
Fly-Paper 37 copies
Creeps by night; chills and thrills (Editor) 33 copies, 1 review
Arson Plus [Short story] 29 copies, 4 reviews
Dead Yellow Women 28 copies, 1 review
Mort et cie 16 copies
Vintage Hammett 15 copies
Interrogatoires 12 copies
Watch on the Rhine [1943 film] (Screenwriter) 11 copies
The Red Brain (Editor) 9 copies, 1 review
Todos los casos de Sam Spade 8 copies, 1 review
Tres novelas policíacas 6 copies, 1 review
Romans 5 copies
Cuando Uno Esta de Suerte 5 copies, 1 review
Disparos en la noche 4 copies, 1 review
Matamoscas 4 copies
After the Thin Man 2 copies, 1 review
Flic maison 2 copies
Tulip 2 copies
The Big Knockover 2 copies, 1 review
Sirca Anahtar 2 copies
Sam spade 1 copy
Relatos 1 copy
ROMANZI 1 copy
Antología de relatos 1 copy, 1 review
Hokuspokus 1 copy
Aquel asunto del Rey 1 copy, 1 review
Faith 1 copy
1991 1 copy
On the way 1 copy
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (Contributor) 412 copies, 6 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (Contributor) 219 copies, 4 reviews
Miller's Crossing [1990 film] (Original stories) 177 copies, 4 reviews
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (Contributor) 169 copies, 6 reviews
Ten Great Mysteries (Contributor) 94 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (Contributor) 92 copies, 2 reviews
Great Modern Reading (Contributor) 91 copies, 3 reviews
A New Omnibus of Crime (Contributor) 90 copies, 2 reviews
The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (Contributor) 89 copies, 1 review
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (Contributor) 69 copies, 3 reviews
The Fantastic Pulps (Contributor) 67 copies, 2 reviews
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (Contributor) 65 copies, 1 review
After the Thin Man [1936 film] (Original novel) 61 copies, 3 reviews
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics (Contributor) 44 copies
The Glass Key [1942 film] (Original book) 34 copies, 1 review
Song of the Thin Man [1947 film] (Original book) 30 copies, 2 reviews
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (Contributor) 29 copies
Great detective stories (Contributor) 20 copies
Great American Detective Stories (Contributor) 12 copies
Murder Without Tears (Contributor) 8 copies
Murder for the Millions (Contributor) 6 copies
Verdens største detektiver II (Contributor) 5 copies
Giant Mystery Reader (Author) 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver I (Contributor) 4 copies
Great Stories of Detection (Contributor) 2 copies
American Detective Stories (Contributor) 2 copies, 1 review
150 anni in Giallo (Contributor) 2 copies
Best film plays, 1943-44 (Contributor) 1 copy
Horror and Homicide (Contributor) 1 copy

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