In September 1929 the first iteration of Dashiell Hammett’s iconic novel The Maltese Falcon appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask. This five part serialized version was sold between September and January 1930.
With the assistance of English Librarian Melissa Van Vuuren, History Librarian Patricia Hardesty, and English faculty member Dr. Brooks Hefner, Special Collections has obtained the September, October, and November issues of Black Mask, featuring the first three serial installments of The Maltese Falcon. Adding to their rarity and uniqueness, these issues were owned by famed author, Erle Stanley Gardner (the creator of Perry Mason).
In reference to this significant purchase, Dr. Hefner declared that they “are among the most important - if not ‘the’ most important - texts in American popular fiction and detective fiction of the twentieth century.”