This is 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.
Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett
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DASHIELL HAMMETT (1894-1961) is the author of Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man. RICHARD LAYMAN is the author of Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett and the vice president of Bruccoli Clark Layman, a publisher of reference works in literature. JULIE M. RIVETT is the granddaughter of Dashiell Hammett.