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The Maltese Falcon by  Dashiell Hammett - First Edition - 1930 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140938545)

The Maltese Falcon

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The Maltese Falcon

by Hammett, Dashiell

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Edition. Very Good+. First edition. [viii], 267, [1] pp. Original gray cloth with black and blue stamping. A Very Good+ or better copy with a worn head, toned spine cloth, a few minor blemishes and creased corners to contents. Lacking jacket. An attractive copy of the classic detective novel, which inspired the famous 1941 John Huston film starring Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade.

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
Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
140938545
Title
The Maltese Falcon
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Book condition
Used - Very Good+
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1930

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About Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.

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