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A Week in Literary History

May 27th, 2002

In 1894, American noir novelist Dashiell Hammett (The Thin Man, 1933) is born in St. Mary’s County, Md.

hammettca1950*Dashiell Hammett, b. May 27, 1894, d. 1961

Hammett denied having ambitions to write “literary” fiction, but in a few of his detective novels his clear, spare style reaches a level that other authors aspired to. His output is not large, because he was unfortunately a world-class alcoholic and hypochondriac, and perhaps because he spent time in Hollywood. He wrote some of the best parts of Lillian Hellman’s plays.

Suggested Reading Novels Red Harvest, 1929. The Thin Man, 1934.

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