Friday, January 29, 2016

Phoenix Press: Depression Era Pulp

The Case of the Mysterious Moll by Harry Stephen KeelerPhoenix Press: Depression Era Pulp: New York’s Phoenix Press was a publisher of mysteries, westerns, and other light fiction in the 1930s and 1940s.  We were alerted to this company’s literary history by a loyal AbeBooks customer called Paul Rollinson, who encouraged us to feature Phoenix’s fantastic Depression-era pulp, if only for the amazing dust jackets. Phoenix was one of many lending-library publishers of the era, and fought to rise above the others of its ilk to make a name for itself in the tough economic climate.

2 comments:

Daniel Stumpf said...

I read a fine article about Phoenix Press back in the early DAPA-EM days, but the source escapes me. I know they were the last publishers Harry Stephen Keeler had in his lifetime.

Todd Mason said...

And not pulp. As the Beatles song "Lending Library Writer" helps demonstrate.