Yesterday was the 78th anniversary of the one time we know of that Hammett met Chandler, commemorated by the LA Times — and with a few tidbits added in by me for the Mean Streets crowd. Now Terry Zobeck pops in another tidbit to factor into the saga.
The LA Times article claims Hammett never wrote a word about Chandler, but that’s not exactly true. In a letter to daughter Mary dated December 26, 1944 he wrote: “By the way there’s an article about detective stories (and me) in the December Atlantic Monthly that you might like. It’s by Raymond Chandler and — though this may sound immodest of me — he does a pretty good job.”
High praise indeed from Hammett; no wonder he kept a copy.