Hammett: “A pity that this should be called a detective story”

Evan Lewis is digging around in electronic newspaper archives again, and today he’s featuring several newsprint items related to the 1930 publication of that instant classic known as The Maltese Falcon.

Fun — and even educational — stuff. One highlight: the March 16 1930 interview blurb indicating that Hammett planned to spend half the year in New York City, and the other half in Frisco with his wife and two young daughters. The way it worked out, he spent part of the year in and around New York, and the rest in the vicinity of Los Angeles — moving his family to SoCal for convenience.

Adios, Frisco. After leaving here, you can find only a handful of occasions where he returned on brief visits.

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