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Dashiell Hammett
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    (May 27, 1894-January 10, 1961)
    Born in St. Mary's County, Maryland
    Birth name was Samuel Dashiell Hammett
    Wrote the novels 'Red Harvest' (1929), 'The Dain Curse' (1929), 'The Maltese Falcon' (1930), 'The Glass Key' (1931) and 'The Thin Man' (1934)
    Father of the hardboiled detective story
    He joined the Communist party (1937).
    He served five months in jail for contempt of court (1951).
    He had a 30-year affair with Lillian Hellman.
    He wanted to get away from detective fiction and write 'serious' fiction, but never did.
    His daughter Jo wrote that drinking 'turned my father maudlin, sarcastic and mean.'
    He was a former Pinkerton detective who incorporated his experiences into his writing.
    'The Maltese Falcon' and 'The Thin Man' became classic films.
    He served in World War I and, despite chronic tuberculosis, reenlisted for World War II.
    He was blacklisted after refusing to cooperate with Senator Joseph McCarthy.
    Raymond Chandler wrote, 'He did over and over again what only the best writers can ever do at all. He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before.'

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