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Dashiell Hammett free pdf Dashiell Hammett changed the face of crime fiction. In five novels published over five years as well as a string of stories, he transformed the mystery genre into literature and left us with the figure of the hard-boiled detective, from the Continental Op to Sam Spade-immortalized on film by Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon-and the more glamorous Thin Man, also made iconic with the aid of Hollywood. A brilliant writer, Hammett was a complex and enigmatic man. After 1934 until his death in 1961, he published no more novels and suffered from a writer's block that both shamed and maimed him. He is identified with his tough protagonists, but his tuberculosis compromised his masculine identity and alcoholism may have been his answer. A former Pinkerton detective who valued honesty, he was attracted to women who lied outrageously, most notably Lillian Hellman, with whom he conducted a thirty-year affair. A controversial political activist who stood up for civil liberty, he was also a very private man. In this compact new biography, Sally Cline uses fresh research, including interviews with Hammett's family and Hellman's heir, to reexamine the life and works of the writer whom Raymond Chandler called "the ace performer."

About Sally Cline

Sally Cline is an award-winning writer and scholar and the author of twelve books, including the biographies Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John and Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic, Meticulously Researched Biography of the Jaszz Age's High Priestess, published by Arcade Publishing. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2013 was one of the three judges for the H.W. Fisher Biography Prize for the Best First Biography published in UK. She lives in Cambridege, England.

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Author : Sally Cline
Publisher : Skyhorse Publishing
Data Published : 20 February 2014
ISBN : 161145784X
EAN : 9781611457841
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 264 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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