Dashiell Hammett


Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett


A selection from the letters of Dashiell Hammett, the American writer of crime fiction.

Here is Hammett the family man, distant but devoted; Hammett the student of politics, scanning the headlines from a Marxist perspective; and Hammett the lover of Lillian Hellman, delighting in her style, humour, accomplishments, but maintaining his independence. Celebrity, soldier, activist, survivor--these letters show how Hammett was each of these in turn, but was always, above all, a writer.