Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Novella June - where is the Thin Man?
It was a bonus to learn more about Hammett. I wish I had done more research prior to our San Francisco trip. "The Thin Man" is set in NYC and Hammett wrote it in NYC but he is always associated with San Francisco. He had a very interesting life and, yes, I've looked up the Careers page on the Pinkerton website. While during his life he had problems with the IRS and was jailed for supporting Communist associates, in 2005 the Senate agree to "a resolution that recognized the importance of the writings of Dashiell Hammett to American literature and culture on the 75th anniversary of the first publication of 'The Maltese Falcon'".
I kicked off 2008 with "The Maltese Falcon" and Hammett only wrote 5 novels so I have 3 more to go! He did, however, publish over 80 short stories which I also think would make for interesting reading.