Dashiell Hammett

1894 - 1961

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Samuel Dashiell Hammett (; May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American writer of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. He was also a screenwriter and political activist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dashiell Hammett has received more than 2,056,163 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Dashiell Hammett is the 880th most popular writer (down from 698th in 2019), the 968th most popular biography from United States (down from 781st in 2019) and the 90th most popular American Writer.

Dashiell Hammett is most famous for his detective novels such as "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man."

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Notable Works

The Maltese falcon
Red harvest
The Continental Op
Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman called the Whosis Kid.
The thin man

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Over the past year Dashiell Hammett has had the most page views in the with 279,356 views, followed by Spanish (32,430), and Russian (26,185). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Bulgarian (137.69%), Ido (120.42%), and Malagasy (116.04%)


Among writers, Dashiell Hammett ranks 880 out of 7,302Before him are Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi, Bernhard Schlink, Wilbur Smith, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Viktor Shklovsky, and Ghassan Kanafani. After him are Luis Sepúlveda, Joseph Campbell, Theodoret, Fatema Mernissi, Marko Marulić, and Jorge Semprún.

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Among people born in 1894, Dashiell Hammett ranks 37Before him are Fyodor Tolbukhin, Arthur Nebe, Kōnosuke Matsushita, Wilhelm Bittrich, Karl Böhm, and Nazli Sabri. After him are Martha Graham, Alexander Dovzhenko, Josef von Sternberg, Sergey Ilyushin, Paul Blobel, and Elisabeth of Romania. Among people deceased in 1961, Dashiell Hammett ranks 21Before him are Adnan Menderes, Frantz Fanon, Zog I of Albania, Paul Landowski, Kurt Meyer, and Luigi Einaudi. After him are Maria of Yugoslavia, Lee de Forest, Akiba Rubinstein, Blaise Cendrars, Arthur Drewry, and Wolfgang von Trips.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dashiell Hammett ranks 968 out of 20,380Before him are Arthur Kornberg (1918), Geena Davis (1956), Barbara Stanwyck (1907), Mickey Rooney (1920), Angelo Badalamenti (1937), and Roger Wolcott Sperry (1913). After him are John Cassavetes (1929), Lynn Margulis (1938), Bette Midler (1945), Mildred Harris (1901), Joseph Campbell (1904), and Tom Waits (1949).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Dashiell Hammett ranks 90Before him are Leon Uris (1924), Maya Angelou (1928), Daniel Keyes (1927), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), John Fante (1909), and Ambrose Bierce (1842). After him are Joseph Campbell (1904), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Cormac McCarthy (1933), Daniel Goleman (1946), Roger Zelazny (1937), and Sherwood Anderson (1876).