Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Remembering Crime Writer Dashiell Hammett, Who Died 50 Years Ago Yesterday

Peter Rozovsky's interesting blog, Detectives Beyond Borders, offers a post on the memory of the late, great crime writer Dashiell Hammett, who died 50 years ago yesterday.

The post offers some good quotes about Hammett from other crime writers. I'd like to add Raymond Chandler's view of Hammett:

“Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not hand-wrought dueling pistols, curare and tropical fish,” Raymond Chandler wrote of his fellow Black Mask contributor.

"He put these people down on paper as they were, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes. He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before.”

You can read the Detectives Beyond Borders post via the below link:


You can also read my earlier post on Hammett, "the Bull of Baltimore," via the below link:


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