A twentieth-century American writer of finely crafted detective fiction. His novel The Maltese Falcon introduced Sam Spade, a tough, cynical, “hard-boiled” type of private eye. Hammett was jailed briefly and blacklisted after the infamous “red-baiting” hearings of the early 1950s.
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[the seminal pulp crime magazine which first published Hammett].
Despite its sizeable influence on American fiction and film, Red Harvest remains the only Hammett novel never to have been filmed.
Robert Graves thought Hammett was better than either Chandler or Asbury and called The Maltese Falcon, “a literary landmark.”
Suddenly taking off: Huckleberry, Dashiell, Scarlett, Atticus, Chaplin, Zane, McKinley, and Lincoln.
Add A.J. Liebling, Raymond Chandler, Hammett, Cain, and the boys, Nelson Algren and William Kennedy.
Does Hammett still talk about 'percepting the subject' and 'emerging the high-lights' and 'profunding the shadows'?The Orchard of Tears|Sax Rohmer
It is sold for ten cents by Hammett, publisher, in Brattle street, Boston.Education in The Home, The Kindergarten, and The Primary School|Elizabeth P. Peabody
Colonel Hammett drew upon every resource of business and personal friendship to tide the venture over from 1873 to 1876.The Rise of Cotton Mills in the South|Broadus Mitchell
A debt of gratitude is due to the memory of Sir Benjamin Hammett, for his exertions, at that period, in the cause of humanity.
He was uneasy right away, because he had failed to arrange with Hammett how long he was to stay locked up.100%: The Story of a Patriot|Upton Sinclair