By Joe Gores
From Chinatown's darkish alleys to the fog-shrouded Golden Gate, crooked politicians ran San Francisco. To Hammet, retired Pinkerton detective and suffering author, it used to be all simply grist to his fictional mill. till the evening his friend walked right into a baseball bat. Then Hammett hung up his typewriter, wear his gumshoes and went out into the brawling, swaggering urban to discover the brutal assassin.
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Appended to each autograph was literary gossip that spiced the critical commentary on each author’s writings. ”11 The humor of the “Autography” might appear to be obvious: Poe would bring that most idiosyncratic feature of an individual author, an example of writing from his own hand, into the impersonal world of print. He would use the stylistic features of others, sometimes stressing personal peculiarity or idiosyncrasy, for the purposes of promoting himself and his own journal. His assemblage of autographs, spread out over three installments, would constitute a gathering together of America’s literary lions, but would also include a number of asses.
Griswold not only moved in the same circles as Poe but curiously shadowed him, anthologizing Poe in Poets and Poetry of America, replacing him as editor of Graham’s, supplanting Poe in Frances Osgood’s affections, and then emerging as his literary executor and purveyor of his defamation after Poe’s death. Although from different backgrounds, all three shared similar “peculiarities,” including a history of social and familial exile and feelings of envy and deficiency. 14 A student at Yale in the 1820s, Willis abandoned his father’s hopes that he would follow in the paternal footsteps and pursued life in the fashionable society of Boston instead.
All three, in addition, knew each other fairly well and moved in the same social circles. ” Griswold not only moved in the same circles as Poe but curiously shadowed him, anthologizing Poe in Poets and Poetry of America, replacing him as editor of Graham’s, supplanting Poe in Frances Osgood’s affections, and then emerging as his literary executor and purveyor of his defamation after Poe’s death. Although from different backgrounds, all three shared similar “peculiarities,” including a history of social and familial exile and feelings of envy and deficiency.