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A Communication to All American Writers
NY, League of American Writers, [1941]. A three-paragraph statement by Hammett, part of a two-page mimeographed press release, written in his position as President of The League of American Writers and dated December 8 [1941], the day after Pearl Harbor. Hammett declares support for the U.S. declaration of war against Japan, and adds, "Our war is with the entire fascist Axis, not with one end of it. We therefore urge the immediate declaration of war against Germany and Italy and their satellites. Unwavering courage, a unified national will to win, and a complete understanding of the issues are needed. We call on all American writers to put their training, talent, and devotion to the service of our country." His call to action was published in New Masses on December 16, 1941, by which time the U.S. had already declared war on Germany and Italy. Hammett, a veteran of WWI, would re-enlist in the Army in 1942. A two-page press release, folded in thirds, with three annotations added by hand (date, suite number, alternate headline). Corner staple rusted; near fine. Other named officers include Theodore Dreiser, Erskine Caldwell, Meridel LeSueur, and Richard Wright. A little-known piece of writing by Hammett, who was both an accomplished mystery writer and screenwriter and also a committed political activist. [#034447] SOLD

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