Friday Fun Facts: The Man Who Created Sam Spade

On this day in 1961, Dashiell Hammett died. He’s best known for The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, both which have been made into movies.

He worked as a detective for the Pinkerton agency and used his experiences as the basis for his books. He was a leader in detective fiction and inspired other writers, including Raymond Chandler.

He became romantically involved with writer Lillian Hellman. He modeled his character of Nora Charles, from The Thin Man, after her.

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Posted on January 10, 2014, in fiction, Fun Facts, inspiration, nonfiction, poetry, writer's life, writing, writing ideas, writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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