Wednesday, August 17, 2011

They don't make 'em like they used to

Here's the cover and dramatis personae from a 1939 novel I found at a church sale, republished by Pocket in 1947. The author had me at the description of presumed heroine Page Hazeltyne … but how about the dope-dealing doctor and the neurasthenic young man named Lynn (= gay!)?



Here's an image of the original book jacket--scads more sedate. But then that's why we love pulps!


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1 comment:

  1. Still laughing at those character descriptions! Imagine if that had become the norm for most novels?

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