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The Dain Curse

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The Dain Curse

by Dashiell Hammett

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USA: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett First Edition Alfred A. Knopf 1929. A fine copy free of any inscriptions or signs of ownership. Unblemished throughout, with no foxing or toning to contents or edges. All relevant issue points correct. Covers are fine and have no stains or marks and no bumping to corners. Top edge tint remains bold. In original (and now fine) bright dust jacket that has benefited from some professional repair work to spine tips along with colour touch-in to spine. Not price clipped. For further images please see Brought to Book Ltd.

Synopsis

Dashiell Samuel Hammett was born in St. Mary’s County. He grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Hammett left school at the age of fourteen and held several kinds of jobs thereafter—messenger boy, newsboy, clerk, operator, and stevedore, finally becoming an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. Sleuthing suited young Hammett, but World War I intervened, interrupting his work and injuring his health. When Sergeant Hammett was discharged from the last of several hospitals, he resumed detective work. He soon turned to writing, and in the late 1920s Hammett became the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. In The Maltese Falcon (1930) he first introduced his famous private eye, Sam Spade. The Thin Man (1932) offered another immortal sleuth, Nick Charles. Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most successful novels. During World War II, Hammett again served as sergeant in the Army, this time for more than two years, most of which he spent in the Aleutians. Hammett’s later life was marked in part by ill health, alcoholism, a period of imprisonment related to his alleged membership in the Communist Party, and by his long-time companion, the author Lillian Hellman, with whom he had a very volatile relationship. His attempt at autobiographical fiction survives in the story “Tulip,” which is contained in the posthumous collection The Big Knockover (1966, edited by Lillian Hellman). Another volume of his stories, The Continental Op (1974, edited by Stephen Marcus), introduced the final Hammett character: the “Op,” a nameless detective (or “operative”) who displays little of his personality, making him a classic tough guy in the hard-boiled mold—a bit like Hammett himself.

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Bookseller's Inventory #
006563
Title
The Dain Curse
Author
Dashiell Hammett
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity-available
1
Edition
1st Edition 1st Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
USA
Date Published
1929
Keywords
The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett First Edition Alfred A. Knopf 1929

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