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By MICHAEL PAKENHAM | June 16, 1996
In general it is imprudent to write critically about the work of people whom you know well, and Joan Mellen and I have been friends for something like 20 years. I would leave her 13th book to others to judge here, except that the subject fascinates me and - more - there is something happening in and around it that is irresistible.The work is "Hellman and Hammett, The Legendary Passion of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett" (HarperCollins. 572 pages. $32).Hellman, of course, was a playwright ("The Little Foxes," "Watch on the Rhine")
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By dave rosenthal and nancy johnston and dave rosenthal and nancy johnston,dave.rosenthal@baltsun.com and nancy.johnston@baltsun.com | November 9, 2008
Last week's quiz on Baltimore's literary heritage generated a lot of interest and very few incorrect answers - the most stumbles came on questions 3 and 5. Folks here really know their authors. As a reward, we'll send a new book to all who submitted answers. Here's a list of answers, with thanks to the University of Baltimore's Literary Heritage Project for supplying much of the information. We're thinking of new quizzes; if you have ideas, let us know. And special thanks to Sally Lemmon, who noted that she's a cousin to Dashiell Hammett.
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By Jill Jonnes | December 15, 1996
I'm working on a history of the Gilded Age, so I'm reading a lot about that era. ... My favorite is Frank Norris' "The Pit." It's about people who play the commodities market, it's fascinating. It's a terrific portrait of the wealthiest way of life in the 19th century.I'm in this book club which forces me to read things I would never pick up otherwise. We just read Barry Unsworth's "Morality Play." It is wonderful, very short novel about a troupe of traveling theatrical players.Also, from my mother I borrowed Dashiell Hammett's "Red Harvest."
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By Jill Jonnes | December 15, 1996
I'm working on a history of the Gilded Age, so I'm reading a lot about that era. ... My favorite is Frank Norris' "The Pit." It's about people who play the commodities market, it's fascinating. It's a terrific portrait of the wealthiest way of life in the 19th century.I'm in this book club which forces me to read things I would never pick up otherwise. We just read Barry Unsworth's "Morality Play." It is wonderful, very short novel about a troupe of traveling theatrical players.Also, from my mother I borrowed Dashiell Hammett's "Red Harvest."
ENTERTAINMENT
By dave rosenthal and nancy johnston and dave rosenthal and nancy johnston,dave.rosenthal@baltsun.com and nancy.johnston@baltsun.com | November 9, 2008
Last week's quiz on Baltimore's literary heritage generated a lot of interest and very few incorrect answers - the most stumbles came on questions 3 and 5. Folks here really know their authors. As a reward, we'll send a new book to all who submitted answers. Here's a list of answers, with thanks to the University of Baltimore's Literary Heritage Project for supplying much of the information. We're thinking of new quizzes; if you have ideas, let us know. And special thanks to Sally Lemmon, who noted that she's a cousin to Dashiell Hammett.
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September 19, 1999
Dashiell HammettBorn in St. Mary's County in 1894, Hammett moved to Baltimore when he was 7 years old.He attended Public School 72 and Polytechnic before becoming what he called "the unsatisfied employee of various railroads, stock brokers, machine manufacturers, canners and the like."Hammett's true calling was as a writer of such classic detective novels as "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man."In his last 20 years of life, Hammett produced little of note, saying he believed he had exhausted the genre.
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By New York Times | October 31, 1991
NEW YORK - The opening of "Nick and Nora," the only original musical announced for Broadway this year, has been postponed to Dec. 2.The show, based on the martini-loving sleuths created by Dashiell Hammett in "The Thin Man," is in previews at the Marquis Theater. It was to have opened Nov. 10, with Barry Bostwick as Nick and Joanna Gleason as Nora."It doesn't mean the show is in trouble because it's being postponed," Elizabeth I. McCann, a producer of the show, said Wednesday. "Any musical can run into problems, and we're working on them."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | February 22, 1991
"Nick & Nora" -- the musical that was on-again-off-again for the current Mechanic Theatre season -- will open the theater's fall season with an exclusive pre-Broadway engagement from Sept. 24 to Oct. 20.The funding problems that caused two delays this season have been resolved by a new team of producers -- Terry Allen Kramer, James M. Nederlander and Charlene Nederlander, in association with Daryl Roth.The $6 million budget is in place, and rehearsals are set to begin in New York July 29. After its Baltimore run, the show will open Nov. 17 at the Marriott Marquis Theatre in New York.
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October 3, 1990
The opening of the musical "Nick and Nora," scheduled fo Dec. 25 at The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, has been postponed, probably until February 26.A spokesman for the show's producers, capitalization has not been completed in time for the touring company to build sets for the December dates. The producers have not been able to completely finance the $5.6 million production, which is to begin its pre-Broadway tryout here. The musical, starring Barry Bostwick and Joanna Gleason as Dashiell Hammett's famous detective couple, is now scheduled to open on Broadway in April.
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July 14, 2006
Dorothy Uhnak, 76, who won fame as the 125-pound New York City Transit Authority policewoman who knocked down and arrested an armed mugger and then became better known as the author of gritty, suspenseful, best-selling crime novels, died Saturday in Greenport, N.Y., of what a daughter said was a drug overdose. Mrs. Uhnak combined vibrant elements of her native New York, 14 years' experience as a police officer and a hard-boiled literary style that some compared to Dashiell Hammett's or Raymond Chandler's in nine books of fiction and one of nonfiction.
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By MICHAEL PAKENHAM | June 16, 1996
In general it is imprudent to write critically about the work of people whom you know well, and Joan Mellen and I have been friends for something like 20 years. I would leave her 13th book to others to judge here, except that the subject fascinates me and - more - there is something happening in and around it that is irresistible.The work is "Hellman and Hammett, The Legendary Passion of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett" (HarperCollins. 572 pages. $32).Hellman, of course, was a playwright ("The Little Foxes," "Watch on the Rhine")
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | October 3, 1990
"Nick & Nora," the pre-Broadway musical based on Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man," has postponed its Baltimore tryout until late February or March because funding for the production -- projected at $6 million -- is not yet complete.According to Hope Quackenbush, managing director of the Mechanic Theatre, the show's producers are close to raising the needed funds, "but because they didn't get into the shop to build the set last week, there's no time to get it completed in time for the originally announced December opening."
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