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ISBN: 0897230523
Author: Richard Layman
Language: English
Publisher: Manly, Inc.; y First printing edition (December 1, 1981)
Pages: 312
Category: Arts & Literature
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 616
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Shadow man. the life of Dashiell Hammett. by Richard Laymon Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961).

Shadow man. Published 1981 by Junction Books in London. Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961).

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The man and woman who live there take her i. Years of working as a private investigator gave Dashiell Hammett unique insight into life at the edge of the underworld

The man and woman who live there take her in. But their decency is utterly unequipped to deal with the Woman in the Dark, or with the designs of the men who want he. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers. Mystery & Detective, History & Fiction. Years of working as a private investigator gave Dashiell Hammett unique insight into life at the edge of the underworld. In Fly Paper, The Farewell Murder, and Death and Company, this pioneer of the hardboiled is shown at his very best.

Layman, Richard, 1947-. Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961, Authors, American. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by AltheaB on October 19, 2011. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

One Hammett biographer, Richard Layman, calls such interpretations . Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. p. 239. ISBN 0-15-181459-7.

One Hammett biographer, Richard Layman, calls such interpretations "imaginative", but he nonetheless objects to them, since, among other reasons, no "masses of politically dispossessed people" are in this novel. The Big Book of the Continental Op. New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC,. Collects all twenty-eight stories and two serialized novels starring Continental Op, plus the previously unpublished fragment "Three Dimes. ISBN 978-0-525432-95-1. Layman, Richard; Bruccoli, Matthew J. (2002).

USA Today rounds up media coverage of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. There are about 2,000 differences between the two published texts – sometimes a comma or a paragraph placed (differently), but often it’s Hammett fooling with the prose to get it just right, says Richard Layman, author of six Hammett books, including Shadow Man, a biography, and a trustee.

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Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett by Richard Layman Junction, 285 pp, £. 5, August 1981, ISBN 0. .

The next section of Shadow Man returns to biography proper, and the book picks up, weaving together the strands of Hammett’s experiences in Hollywood and his increasingly visible participation in radical politics, which was apparently encouraged by his relationship with Hellman.

The Estate of Dashiell Hammett for permission to quote from the following works by Dashiell Hammett: unpublished manuscripts; The Maltese Falcon; The Thin Man; The Big Knockover . Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett.

The Estate of Dashiell Hammett for permission to quote from the following works by Dashiell Hammett: unpublished manuscripts; The Maltese Falcon; The Thin Man; The Big Knockover; from Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett 1921–1960, ed. Richard Layman with Julie M. The author would like to thank Sherri Feldman and Jennifer Rowley at Random House for their very hard work, Jane Gelfman of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Joy Harris of the Joy Harris Literary Agency, and most especially Adam Reed at the Joy Harris Literary Agency for enormous help in securing textual permissions.

1981 Harvest/HBJ trade paperback, Richard Layman (The Hunter and Other Stories). The legend of Dashiell Hammett, the former Pinkerton detective who reinvented the mystery story in five books written between 1929 and 1934, is carefully examined here by Richard Layman in a meticulously factual account of all that is likely to be known about the real "Continental Op." This unsentimental account of Hammett from his rural Maryland youth through the Pinkerton years in San Francisco, fame as a novelist, notoriety as a Hollywood screen writer, imprisonment as an uncooperative McCarthy committee witness, and an obscure death in 1961 highlights the facts while accenting the shadow on which the legend would be built. - Book Jacket


I knew very little about Dashiell Hammett, writer of, "The Maltese Falcon", until I found this detailed biography. From the early years, when he struggled with tuberculosis, to WW2 when he was stationed in Alaska, to his refusal to cooperate with the HUAC in the 50s and subsequent imprisonment, this book covers all areas of Hammett's exciting life. This biography is well worth the time to read, and not just for detective novel fans!
This is an excellent biography of Dashiell Hammett--the man who gave us the Continental Op Stories and also the Sam Spade stories (including the famous 'Maltese Falcon' which was made into a renowned movie starring Humphrey Bogart). There are a few things about Hammett's life which make him stand out from the run of the mill detective story writer.

First, he was himself a Pinkerton detective for more than ten years. This inevitably gave his detective stories a certain authenticity. He had first hand experience of what he was writing about.
Second, his writing was done at a time when his health had begun to fail. Indeed, since he could no longer function as a detective due to poor health he first worked as a copy writer at an advertising agency. But he could not hold on to this job as well and so became a full time writer.
Third, he enlisted in the U.S. army in both the first and second world wars (and is consequently buried in Arlington cemetry).
Fourth, his romance with Lillian Hellman about which the reader will have to read about on their own.
Fifth, his prolonged writer's block sometime after he wrote 'The Thin Man'. Even with respect to 'The Thin Man' one can tell that the Hammett of 'Thin Man' was no longer the Hammett of the older, far more tougher and grittier stories. Several reasons for this. Hammett was presumably an alcoholic and the end of prohibition meant he had easy access to alcohol. Also, it is said that Hollywood spoilt him.

Sixth, his descent from someone who was making a million dollars an year at his peak (in the 1930s) due to Hollywood taking interest in some of his writings to someone who ended up living and dying in something akin to poverty due to extremely poor financial planning and decision making has lessons of of its own.
Layman's Shadowman is a biography of Dashiell Hammett, the author of the Maltese Falcon.(If you don't know who Hammett is, google is more helpful than me.) The book's name is taken from a term Hammett used to describe his own abilities as a Pinkerton private detective in the 1920s. (Hammett never claimed to be a good detective, just good at following people).

The book is well written in my opinion and Hammett's life is portrayed kindly and with humor but also less romantically than it is shown by later authors. I imagine it was hard not to be romantic with Hammett. The guy was a veteran of both world wars, worked in Hollywood and later imprisoned for his priniciples by McCarthy.

I could give you more of my opinion but I won't waste your time or mine. (What good is the opinion of a stranger?)I'll close by saying if you are a fan of the Maltese Falcon, or you've read Gore and Nolan's fictional Hammett stories and your curious then check this book out. It's listed as "THE" reference for all the fictional accounts of Hammett's life written later.
Richard Layman's very detailed biograghy of world-famous American detective-story writer Dashiell Hammett, written in the early 1980's, is nearly a lost relic today. Thanks to Amazon, you can buy this book, and peruse this flighty gentleman's wild and crazy life. Hammett's 1929 "Maltese Falcon" novel changed the entire literary world, as the first authentic "hard-boiled" detective story. It's success was astounding, and world-wide. Movie offers followed(three film versions were made), and Hammett became very wealthy. Unfortunately, wine, women,and smoking damaged his already fragile health, and eventually dried up-up his writing career. Admittedly wasteful with money, Hammett abandoned his wife and family, moving to New York, and then to Hollywood, and installed himself at the penthouse at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Working for Universal, MGM, and Paramount Studios, Hammett cranked-out screenplays and advised producers for a few years, helping turn his "Thin Man" into a huge movie hit(He was paid for work on the first three of six "Thin Man" films). Hammett complained that, at MGM studios, he was bothered by Clark Gable and Joan Crawford, who pestered and distracted him. Hammett had many girl-friends, and a long-term relationship with writer Lillian Hellman. His brutish behavior and sporadic drinking ruined his career; and, of course, he had invested and saved nothing. By the end of the 1940's, he was not only broke, but under investigation for being a Communist. Hammett eventually does jail-time for his liberal politics, and dies sadly in debt. "Shadow Man" is an unsentimental, detailed report on a true American icon. It is also a valuable lesson for us all. Dashiell Hammett was a poor boy who rose to the top(he earned a million dollars in the 1930's), fell to new lows, and died without a penny.
Poor biography of an unpleasant man. I really had to wade through it. If you buy the Library of America Hammett books, you'll get an excellent chronology of his life thrown in. Then you won't have to read this.
A very detailed Report on Dashiell Hammetts llife and especially on his works, many romans and stories are unnecessarily retold. However, the man remains a miracle. The book gives no indications or clues to his strange behaviour, to his enormous Talent gone to waste (why?)
This was a birthday present for my younger son. He turned 33 and I introduced him to the world { when he was 14 or 15 }of Hammett through his novels and films. He loved the book and added it to his collection of Hammett's works. The book arrived on time and in great shape. A good experience with seller...

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