The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett. Nathan Ward, Dashiell Hammett.
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett

The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett

ISBN: 9780802776402
New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA, 2015. First Edition. Hardcover. "The story of how Dashiell Hammett transformed himself from Pinkerton detective to author of the most iconic detective novels of the twentieth century. (Hammett's) life on center stage is well known. But before he became a household name as America's greatest hard-boiled crime writer, before the years of celebrity and McCarthy-era blacklisting chronicled by his companion, Lillian Hellman, Hammett led a life of action. Leaving school at fourteen, he eventually found work with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, where he worked off and on as an operative from 1915 until early 1922, when the tuberculosis he contracted during his Army service in WWI finally forced him to retire, prompting one of America's most acclaimed writing careers...Nathan Ward's enthralling The Lost Detective chronicles these years and links Hammett's early life (and some actual Pinkerton cases) to the fiction that would make him famous worldwide." (from front flap) The fascinating biography of Dashiell Hammett's (1894-1961) formative early years by Nathan Ward, the acclaimed American author & journalist who has written about the history of the NYC waterfront (Dark Harbor, 2010) & other indeed hard-boiled topics. The real-life origins of such immortal characters as Nick Charles & Sam Spade are recounted in this compelling page-turner. With a section of captioned historic photographs, some in color. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. See also our item No.s 2098 & (esp.) 4861. A delightful & collectible Hammett biography in its rarest original form. Book in very fine condition with only a tiny amount of wear to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps; several tiny spots (sticker-removal residue?) at blank upper-left margin of back cover. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4930]

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