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Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway
Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway

Black Mask, the great pulp fiction magazine, was launched by H.L. Mencken in 1920 but really started to come into its own some six or seven years later under the editorship of Joseph T. Shaw, who would in time publish almost the entire pantheon of classic hardboiled American crime writers: Raymond Chandler, Horace McCoy, Erle Stanley Gardner, Raoul Whitfield, Lester Dent, Fredric Brown, Cornell Woolrich and so on. The list goes on and on. But Shaw's main man, his ace performer, the writer whose career he helped launched into the stratosphere — and whose lean, mean bullet narratives furnished Black Mask with its identity — was Dashiell Hammett. It's fitting, then, that...

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