Here, for the first time in a deluxe collector s box, is the most comprehensive edition of the hard-boiled crime fiction of Dashiell Hammett ever published. Complete Novels, the first of two volumes gathered here, presents the five groundbreaking books whose gritty, lean prose won admiration from such contemporaries as Stein, Hemingway, and Faulkner: Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, , and The Thin Man. In the stories he wrote for Black Mask and other pulp magazines in the 1920s and 1930s, Hammett used the vernacular adventure tale to register the jarring textures and revved-up cadences of modern America. Crime Stories & Other Writings presents 24 of these classic tales, along with revealing essays and an early, unfinished version of his vel The Thin Man. The texts, reprinted here for the first time, are those that appeared originally in the pulps, without the revisions introduced by later editors. An invaluable collection. Kirkus Reviews
Steven Marcus, a distinguished literary critic and cultural historian, is George Delacorte Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Columbia University. He edited the historic collection of Hammett stories, The Continental Op, and is the author of many books including The Other Victorians and Engels, Manchester, and the Working Class.