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The Dain Curse by  Dashiell Hammett - First Edition; First Printing - 1929 - from Old Saratoga Books (SKU: 47973)

The Dain Curse

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The Dain Curse

by Hammett, Dashiell

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NY: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards rubbed, spine sunned and slightly cocked, bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown, owner bookplate on front pastedown.. 1929. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Yellow decorated cloth. Hammett's second published novel, a hard-boiled mystery featuring his detective The Continental Op. All first printing points as per Layman A2.1.a. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 272 pages .

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
Old Saratoga Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
47973
Title
The Dain Curse
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards rubbed, spine sunned and slightly cocked, bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown, owne
Quantity-available
1
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
NY
Date Published
1929
Keywords
1920s Mysteries, Hardboiled Mysteries, Dashiell Hammett
Bookseller catalogs
Mystery and Mayhem;

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Old Saratoga Books owners Dan and Rachel Jagareski have been selling books since 1996. After running an open shop for twenty years in the historic village of Schuylerville we now sell books online and at book fairs. We are members of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA). Our specialties include books about history, science, cooking, children's books, and the arts. Rachel is a graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and has attended Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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