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The Maltese Falcon (1930): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for research Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

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Reference Material

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • American Writers [supl 4, part 1]
  • Classic Crime and Suspense Writers
  • Contemporary Authors [vol 81-84]
  • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series [vol 42]
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 3, 5, 19, 47] - check under The Maltese Falcon in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
    • [vol 209] - locate the topical essay "Contemporary Crime Fiction"
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 3]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 2]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 2]
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • A Dashiell Hammett Companion
  • Film Noir: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Reference to Movies, Terms, and Persons
  • Literary Masterpieces: The Maltese Falcon [vol 3]
  • Literary Masters: Dashiell Hammett [vol 3]
  • Literature and Its Times [vol 3]
  • Magill's Survey of Cinema: English Language Films [vol 3]
  • Masterplots [vol 7]
  • Modern American Literature [vols 2, 4, 5, 6]
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 2]
  • Novels for Students [vol 21]
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals;
    • [vol 38] - locate the topical essays "Detective Fiction" and "Film and Literature"
    • [vol 70] - locate the topical essay "Popular Literature"
    • [vol 118] - locate the topical essay "Hard-Boiled Fiction"

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Hammett, Dashiell

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Dashiell Hammett, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

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