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Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell HammettAKA Samuel Dashiell Hammett

Born: 27-May-1894
Birthplace: St. Mary's County, MD
Died: 10-Jan-1961
Location of death: New York City [1]
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Maltese Falcon

Military service: US Army (Ambulance Corps, June 1918, three years in WWII)

Hammett worked for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency in Baltimore. Thrown in prison for several months in 1951 when he refused to be a snitch during the McCarthy hearings. During his final years he resided at Lillian Hellman's apartment, dying penniless in 1961.


[1] Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City.

Father: Richard Hammett (farmer, politician)
Mother: Annie Bond Dashiell (nurse)
Wife: Josephine Annas Dolan (m. 1920, div. 1937)
Daughter: Josephine Hammett ("Jo")
Girlfriend:
Lillian Hellman (dated 1930 until his death)

    High School: Baltimore Polytechnical Institute

    Communist Party USA 1937
    Hollywood Anti-Fascist League
    League of American Writers
    Took the Fifth (9-Jul-1951)
    Contempt of Court 1951
    Contempt of Congress 1951
    McCarthy Hearings 1953
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Tuberculosis

Is the subject of books:
Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett, 1981, BY: Richard Layman

Author of books:
Red Harvest (1929, novel)
The Dain Curse (1929, novel)
The Continental Op (1930, short stories)
The Maltese Falcon (1930, novel)
The Glass Key (1931, novel)
The Thin Man (1934, novel)


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