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THE DAIN CURSE by  Dashiell: HAMMETT - First edition in book form, first printing - from Lucius Books (SKU: 16110)

THE DAIN CURSE

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THE DAIN CURSE

by HAMMETT, Dashiell:

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1929. First edition in book form, first printing. First edition in book form, first printing. Publisher's original yellow cloth with titles, decoration and borders in red and brown to the upper board and spine, in the F. H. Horvath illustrated dustwrapper. Brown top-stain as issued. An excellent near fine copy, the binding firm, the contents with a single light finger mark to the front endpaper are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which has a few short closed tears and chips, most notably at the foot of the lightly faded spine affecting a couple of letters of the publisher's name. Housed in a bespoke cloth folding solander case by the Dragonfly Bindery. The author's second book and the final Continental Op novel. As with Red Harvest before it, The Dain Curse was originally serialised in Black Mask magazine (November 1928 to February 1929) and at the suggestion of Alfred Knopf, revised by Hammett for publication as a novel. Attractive examples in the stylish Ferdinand Horvath dustwrapper are notoriously difficult to acquire in original condition. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

Synopsis

Dashiell Samuel Hammett was born in St. Mary’s County. He grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Hammett left school at the age of fourteen and held several kinds of jobs thereafter—messenger boy, newsboy, clerk, operator, and stevedore, finally becoming an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. Sleuthing suited young Hammett, but World War I intervened, interrupting his work and injuring his health. When Sergeant Hammett was discharged from the last of several hospitals, he resumed detective work. He soon turned to writing, and in the late 1920s Hammett became the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. In The Maltese Falcon (1930) he first introduced his famous private eye, Sam Spade. The Thin Man (1932) offered another immortal sleuth, Nick Charles. Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most successful novels. During World War II, Hammett again served as sergeant in the Army, this time for more than two years, most of which he spent in the Aleutians. Hammett’s later life was marked in part by ill health, alcoholism, a period of imprisonment related to his alleged membership in the Communist Party, and by his long-time companion, the author Lillian Hellman, with whom he had a very volatile relationship. His attempt at autobiographical fiction survives in the story “Tulip,” which is contained in the posthumous collection The Big Knockover (1966, edited by Lillian Hellman). Another volume of his stories, The Continental Op (1974, edited by Stephen Marcus), introduced the final Hammett character: the “Op,” a nameless detective (or “operative”) who displays little of his personality, making him a classic tough guy in the hard-boiled mold—a bit like Hammett himself.

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Bookseller
Lucius Books GB (GB)
Bookseller's Inventory #
16110
Title
THE DAIN CURSE
Author
HAMMETT, Dashiell:
Book condition
Used
Edition
First edition in book form, first printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1929

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