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April 19, 2014

Pulps: 1900 to 1960

Pulps continued the dime novel tradition but were printed in a magazine format. Published for both adolescents and adults, they were gradually replaced by digest-sized magazines (a format that continues to this day). They were nicknamed "pulps" because they were printed on inexpensive paper made of wood pulp. These magazines contained hard-boiled detective stories, adventure stories, westerns, and science fiction.

Many notable authors were published in this format. The list includes Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett, Isaac Asimov, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Hess collection holds a wide selection of titles ranging from early detective stories to Edgar Rice Burroughs classics to well-known science fiction.

Startling Stories
Better Publications Inc., Winter 1945
Thriller Library #19
Amalgamated Press, 1935
Galaxy Science Fiction
Galaxy Publishing Corp., October 1951

Pulp magazines available from the Hess Collection are listed in the Libraries MNCAT catalog or in the Pulps Finding Aid. Inquire with for research assistance.

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