Dashiell Hammett Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Dashiell Hammett Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Unlike most of their predecessors in the genre, Dashiell Hammett’s detectives live and work, as did Hammett himself, in a world populated with actual criminals who violate the law for tangible personal gain. Significantly, Hammett did all of his creative writing during the years of Prohibition, when lawlessness was rampant and organized crime was rapidly gaining a foothold in the American social structure. Prohibition indeed functions prominently in all of Hammett’s published work as background, as atmosphere, and frequently as subject. In Red Harvest, Hammett’s first novel, a loose confederacy of bootleggers, thieves, and hired killers has set up what appears to be a substitute government, replacing law and order...

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