Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

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"A classic is a book that does not have to be written again." This quote by W.E.B. DuBois is especially true for the novel The Maltese Falcon. Because it is well respected, stood the test of time, and changes the reader The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett should be classified as a classic.

A true classic should be able to stand the test of time, and still be relatable to readers. The Maltese Falcon was written in the 1920's, nearly ninety-seven years old and is still recognized and read today. It was the beginning of the detective and mystery genre. This book not only had a significant impact on the detective genre, but also in the film industry. The novel was turned into a movie three times, each with several adaptations of the story. The Maltese Falcon has inspired several novels and writers, like Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, and Jonathan Lethem, and it all started with Sam Spade.
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Dashiell Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time," as said by the New York Times. The gripping book is in “The Guardian's Top 100 Best Novels” ranked at number fifty-four. The film was said to be one of the greatest achievements in film history and was one of the first cases of film noir. The film represented the greatness of the book. Even though the vocabulary may not be as advanced it is understandable and the content of the book grasps your attention immediately with its face pace. It gives you a certain connection to the characters and that sense of
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