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THE MALTESE FALCON Franklin Library by  Dashiell Hammett - First Edition; First Printing - 1987 - from Rare Book Cellar (SKU: 55812)

THE MALTESE FALCON Franklin Library

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THE MALTESE FALCON Franklin Library

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library. 1987. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Book accented in 22kt gold gilt decoration. All edge gilt, hubbed spines. Part of The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original binding. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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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 Inventory #
55812
Title
THE MALTESE FALCON Franklin Library
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Franklin Library
Place of Publication
Franklin Center, PA
Date published
1987
Keywords
Easton Press, FINE Binding, Leather Bound, FRANKLIN Library

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