Multiple genres

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Mon Dec 20 21:05:33 EST 1999

On Sun, 19 Dec 1999 Tanaquil2 at wrote:

> Question: If Dashiell Hammett was writing in the thirties, and WWII
> is in the history books, does that make Sam Spade a historical
> detective? ;)  If so, then that makes two I've heard of!  (if not
> then it's back to the drawing board--sigh)

Depends on how you look at it, but in my opinion not.
He wasn't *written* as a historical detective; he was written as a
contemporary of the author and the first audience.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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