Lost Stories

Lost Stories

21 Long-lost Stories From the Best-selling Creator of Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon, and The Thin Man

Book - 2005
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Dashiell Hammett, the creator of Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon , and The Thin Man , was one of the 20th century's most influential and entertaining authors. Even so, many of Hammett's stories--including some of his best--have been out of the reach of anyone but a handful of scholars and collectors, until now. This essential compendium rescues 21 long-lost Hammett stories, all either never collected in an anthology or unavailable for decades. These stories appear nowhere else, and represent a variety of styles from the famous mysterysmith: his first detective fiction, humorous satires, adventure yarns, a sensitive autobiographical piece, and a Thin Man story told with photos. In addition, all stories have been restored to their original versions, replacing often wholesale cuttings with the original text for the first time. To round out this celebration of Hammett, three-time Edgar Award-winner Joe Gores has written an introduction describing how Hammett influenced literature, movies, television, and Gores' own life.
Publisher: San Francisco : Vince Emery Productions, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780972589819
Characteristics: ix, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Emery, Vince


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pcalabretta Aug 30, 2014

If you're curious about an author's life as well as his writing, this is worth reading. Emery gives just enough detail about Hammett's life without bogging down in extraneous detail. Some of the stories weren't as good as Hammett's nameless Continental op, but it was good to read them anyway. Just to get a sense of Hammett's type of writing.

May 28, 2013

Hammett, not Hemingway, invented modern American literature's lean terse use of prose, almost as spare as the Norse sagas. The Lost Stories, though not as good as his novels, are equal to his previously-published short fiction. And Vince Emery's running life-and-times bio is so full of valuable info that it was an act of criminal negligence to print this book without an index!


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