DASHIELL HAMMETT Biography - Writers


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Dashiell Hammett                                                                 
Born May 27, 1894                                                               
Saint Mary's County, Maryland                                                   
Died January 10, 1961 (aged 66)                                                 
New York City, New York                                                         
Occupation Novelist                                                             
Nationality United States                                                       
Writing period 1929 - 1951                                                       
Genres Hardboiled crime fiction,                                                 
detective fiction                                                               
Debut works The Parthian Shot (1922), story                                     
Red Harvest (1929), novel                                                       
Influenced Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes, Mickey Spillane, Ross Macdonald,     
John D. MacDonald, Robert B. Parker, Sara Paretsky, James Ellroy, Sue Grafton,   
Walter Mosley, William Gibson, Rian Johnson, Richard K. Morgan                   
Samuel Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894 - January 10, 1961) was an American author 
of hardboiled detective novels and short stories. Among the enduring characters 
he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin   
Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). In addition to   
the significant influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett "is now   
widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time" and was       
called, in his obituary in the New York Times, "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' 
school of detective fiction".                                                   
Hammett died in New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, of lung cancer, diagnosed   
just two months before his death. As a veteran of two World Wars, he was buried 
at Arlington National Cemetery.