Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Maltese Falcon

I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble.
~Sam Spade

Today we have art that relates to The Maltese Falcon, a book by Dashiell Hammett. Dashiell Hammett was a Maryland-born author who inspired such namesakes as Dashiell Robert Parr of The Incredibles, Cate Blanchett's son Dashiell, and my own son.

The Maltese Falcon was an National Endowment for the Arts Big Read and has teacher's guides and reader's guides, which might be interesting for some of you. The settings for The Maltese Falcon have been turned into literary landmarks in San Francisco. The Maltese Falcon also has its own Facebook page, with nearly 90,000 likes.

The Maltese Falcon
photo by Chris Drumm

Maltese Falcon
photo by Ed Schipul

Maltese Falcon on mass transit
by Owen Smith
photo by bubbletea1

The Falcon! I Have Located It!
photo by Arne Halvorsen

French Maltese Falcon poster
photo by Jen

The Maltese Falcon
Pocket Book Edition

Who Is This Man?
Frame from the 1941 public domain trailer for the Warner Bros. film The Maltese Falcon

Title Shot (editor's note: that font!)
photo by What Indie Nights

photo by What Indie Nights

Maltese Falcon at night
photo by What Indie Nights


* Dashiell Hammett Complete Novels
* Maltese Falcon earrings
* Spade and Archer: A prequel to Hammett's The Maltese Falcon written by Joe Gores
* The Dashiell Hammett Tour Guidebook (San Francisco) by Don Herron
* Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett: 1921-1960
* Falcon Awards, Japanese Maltese Falcon Society awards given to honor the best hardboiled mystery novel published in Japan.
* Dash and Lilly (a movie about Dashiell Hammett and playwright Lillian Hellman)
* Dashiell Hammett doll

1 comment:

HWY said...

An absolutely wonderful film noire novel and movie. (It's really good when both can be great!)

I saw the movie before I read the book and Bogart *was* Sam Spade in the novel.