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Layman, Richard 1947-

Works: 332 works in 682 publications in 2 languages and 15,996 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Reference works  Detective and mystery fiction  Bio-bibliography  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Short stories  Comedy sketches  Bibliography 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Performer, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3515.A4347, 813.52
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Most widely held works about Richard Layman
Most widely held works by Richard Layman
American decades by Eric L Bargeron( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 2,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Decades: The decades of 20th -century American-the most diverse and dramatic intervals in the history of humankind-have been singled out for individual coverage in this landmark series. Changes and challenges unique to each 10-year period are covered with extraordinary depth and thoroughness in American Decades. Each volume begins with a chronology of world events to provide a context for the American experience. Next, readers can explore American life during the decade from 12 separate perspectives: Arts. -- Business and the economy. -- Education. -- Fashion. -- Government and politics. -- Law and justice. -- Lifestyles and social trends. -- Media. -- Medicine and health. -- Religion. -- Science and technology. -- Sports. Each chapter includes articles covering headlines and headline-markers, awards, achievements and other enlightening and entertaining facts reported in engaging style
American novelists since World War II( Book )

14 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 1,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide career biographies of eighty American authors who either began writing novels after 1945 or have done their most important work since then; each with a list of principal works and a bibliography
Return of the Thin Man : the original screen stories by Dashiell Hammett( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the Thin Man (Nick and Nora investigate a love triangle gone wrong after a dead man is discovered at their door) -- Another Thin Man (After a wealthy business partner of Nora's father's is murdered, Nick and Nora's investigation brings them into the killer's crosshairs)
Some champions : sketches & fiction by Ring Lardner( Book )

5 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shadow man : the life of Dashiell Hammett by Richard Layman( Book )

23 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hammett, the former Pinkerton detective who reinvented the mystery story in five books written between 1929 and 1934, is carefully examined. An unsentimental account of his life from a rural Maryland youth through the Pinkerton years in San Francisco, fame as a novelist, notoriety as a Hollywood screen writer, imprisonment as an uncooperative McCarthy committee witness, and an obscure death in 1961
The hunter and other stories by Dashiell Hammett( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of eighteen short stories includes a number of previously unpublished pieces as well as early screen treatments for "On the Make" and "The Kiss-Off"
Selected letters of Dashiell Hammett 1921-1960 by Dashiell Hammett( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is a volume that generations of readers have longed for - the first-ever selection from the letters of Dashiell Hammett, the onetime private detective who, in five astonishing books written between 1927 and 1933, invented the modern American crime novel. Hammett was not only the founding member of the hardboiled school, he also was its greatest practitioner, and even after Chandler and all the rest, his body of work remains the solid-gold standard. The best of his work is literature - without the quotation marks."--Jacket
Dashiell Hammett : a daughter remembers by Jo Hammett( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of the author through the eyes of his daughter, discussing his ties to Communism, his celebrity, his drinking and gambling habits, his relationship with Lillian Hellman, and his behavior as a father
Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese falcon : a documentary volume( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides researchers basic materials useful in studying The Maltese Falcon: background readings related to Hammett's life; composition of the novel; reception of the novel, including reviews and critical response; and the various media adaptations of this classic complex story
American decades : 1960-1969( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decades of 20th-century America-the most diverse and dramatic intervals in the history of humankind-have been singled out for individual coverage in this landmark series
Ring W. Lardner : a descriptive bibliography by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli( Book )

12 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dashiell Hammett : a descriptive bibliography by Richard Layman( Book )

11 editions published in 1979 in 3 languages and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Child abuse by Richard Layman( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hardboiled mystery writers : Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald : a literary reference( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The action is violent, the characters are tough, the atmosphere's dark, the speech colloquial, and the voice of the author, whatever his origins or background, authentically American. Indeed, it has been claimed that hard-boiled crime fiction, which captured the national imagination in the bitter, hard-bitten 1930s and flourished for more than several decades thereafter, comprises the only endemically American literary prose. Certainly, in the work of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Ross Macdonald, which featured maverick, tough-minded private eyes like Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Lew Archer, emerges a distinctively American, and proletarian, kind of hero for whom the lawless frontier of an earlier era has become the asphalt jungle. Amply illustrated with personal photographs and with reproductions of manuscript pages, letters, print ads, movie promotions, dust jackets, and paperback covers, this volume provides a documentary chronicle of the life beyond and the work behind the creation of some of the most masterly detective novels in popular American literature. Correspondence and interviews record the literary objectives of Chandler, Hammett, and Macdonald as well as their responses to judgments of their work in reviews of their books and the movies based on them. A generous selection of the reviews themselves both provide the evaluations of influential contemporary critics - among them, the distinguished writer Eudora Welty, who initiated a reappraisal of the entire Macdonald canon - and conjure the larger literary climate of the times. Here, then, is a rich and wide variety of engaging resources by which to view afresh a singularly American literary phenomenon"--Back cover
The paintings and drawings of John Dos Passos : a collection and study by Donald Pizer( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to being a major twentieth-century author, John Dos Passos painted, principally in watercolor, throughout his career. This book reproduces 68 examples of Dos Passos' art, almost all in full color, presented in two parts containing 13 sections. In Part One, each section is devoted to a similar kind of art work produced within a specific time frame; in Part Two, each section consists of work in a specific genre. The book also includes essays devoted to the history and nature of Dos Passos' work as a pictorial artist and to the relationship of this work to his novels. It concludes with a survey of Dos Passos' art collections, exhibitions, and previous published illustrations and paintings. The book as a whole seeks to demonstrate that Dos Passos' lifelong commitment to and practice of pictorial representation are vital aspects of his career because they confirm and manifest in both verbal and visual stylistics such modernist tendencies as Fauvism, Cubism, and Expressionism. Both the essays and illustrations in this book argue for the importance of Dos Passos' paintings as keys to fully understanding the writer's complex body of work and, in their striking compositions and vibrant colors, as challenging objects of visual pleasure in their own right
The big book of the Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects all twenty-eight stories and two serialized novels starring Continental Op, the hardworking private eye with an unyielding personal code
Dashiell Hammett by Richard Layman( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Maltese falcon by Richard Layman( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The professions of authorship : essays in honor of Matthew J. Bruccoli( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tribute to a man whose life's work has centered on the study of authorship and who is a scholar and book collector of the first magnitude, The Professions of Authorship examines the business of writing, publishing, and selling books - or what George V. Higgins describes in this volume as a "perplexing, disorganized, chameleonic enterprise." Twenty-three authors, publishing professionals, and scholars who share Matthew J. Bruccoli's love and knowledge of books offer candid observations and opinions about the past, present, and future of publishing. In doing so, they unravel many of the mysteries surrounding this tradition-bound endeavor
Dictionary of literary biography. Documentary series : An illustrated chronicle( )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concentrates on major figures of a particular literary period, movement or genre
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American decades : 1960-1969
Shadow man : the life of Dashiell HammettSelected letters of Dashiell Hammett 1921-1960Dashiell Hammett : a daughter remembersDashiell Hammett's The Maltese falcon : a documentary volumeAmerican decades : 1960-1969Hardboiled mystery writers : Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald : a literary referenceDashiell HammettThe Maltese falcon
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