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The Maltese Falcon (first Modern Library Edition)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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New York: Modern Library, 1934. First edition thus. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition thus, the correct first Modern Library edition, so stated on the copyright page, in limp green cloth covered boards lettered in gilt; patterned endpapers With a new introduction for this edition by Hammett. 267 pp. plus publisher's catalogue at rear. Very good, modest fade to the spine strip, previous owner's signature front free endpaper and small evidence of a price sticker removed from the top corner of the front pastedown. No jacket.

Synopsis

The Maltese Falcon , author Dashiell Hammett’s third novel, set the standard by which all subsequent detective fiction would be judged. Set in San Francisco in the late 1920s, the novel introduces us to private detective Sam Spade, who characterizes the archetype of the hard-boiled detective in his dead-pan pursuit of the recovery of a black figurine. Having worked for a time for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in San Francisco, Hammett reportedly drew upon his years as a detective in creating Spade and many of the other characters for The Maltese Falcon . The Maltese Falcon was originally serialized in HL Mencken’s “pulp” magazine, Black Mask, beginning with the September 1929 issue. For publication of the book form, editor Blanche Knopf tried to tone down the overt sexuality of the magazine version, fearing the references would alienate readers, but Hammett prevailed. However, the 1941 film adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor (the best known of the novel’s three film versions) excised the homosexual subtext of the novel due to Production Code restraints. Today, the movie is considered a film noir classic and the novel is ranked 56th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century as well as 54th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels. -

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Bookseller
The Old Book Shop of Bordentown (ABNJ) US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
E14423
Title
The Maltese Falcon (first Modern Library Edition)
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
First edition thus
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Modern Library
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1934
Keywords
mystery, suspense, noir, movies, bogart,

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