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THE MALTESE FALCON

by Hammett, Dashiell

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  • paperback
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New York: Pocket Books. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1944. First Edition; First Printing. Paperback. 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 203 pages; Front dust jacket flap is glued down. Small address label on front free endpaper. Has a stamp on the title page saying it's donated by pocket books and presented by Brotherhood of Temple Ohaoei? Shalom. Light rubbing and wear to covers. #268. .

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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Details

Bookseller
Circle City Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
19471
Title
THE MALTESE FALCON
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Pocket Books
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1944
Keywords
Vintage Paperback, Literature, Dust Jacket

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rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
12mo
A duodecimo is a book approximately 7 by 4.5 inches in size, or similar in size to a contemporary mass market paperback....[more]
jacket
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good+
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title page
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