Sports in the Pulp Magazines

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From the late 1800s through the first half of the 1900s, pulp magazines—costing a dime and filled with both fiction and nonfiction—were a staple of American life. Though often overlooked by popular culturalists, sports were one of the staples of the pulp scene; such standards as the National Police Gazette and All-Story carried some sports stories, and several publications, such as Sport Story Magazine, were entirely devoted to them.

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About the Book From the late 1800s through the first half of the 1900s, pulp magazines--costing a dime and filled with both fiction and nonfiction--were a staple of American ... life. Though often overlooked by popular culturalists, sports were one of the staples of the pulp scene; such standards as the National Police Gazette and All-Story carried some sports stories, and several publications, such as Sport Story Magazine, were entirely devoted to them. An overview of the pulps is followed by an examination of those devoted to sports: how they came into being, the development of the genre, the popularity of its heroes, and coverage of real-life events. The roles of editors, writers, artists, and publishers are then fully covered. A chapter on Street & Smith, the foremost publisher of sports pulps, follows, while a concluding chapter discusses the reasons for the demise of the pulps in the early 1950s. Read more Show Less

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Overview

From the late 1800s through the first half of the 1900s, pulp magazines—costing a dime and filled with both fiction and nonfiction—were a staple of American life. Though often overlooked by popular culturalists, sports were one of the staples of the pulp scene; such standards as the National Police Gazette and All-Story carried some sports stories, and several publications, such as Sport Story Magazine, were entirely devoted to them.

An overview of the pulps is followed by an examination of those devoted to sports: how they came into being, the development of the genre, the popularity of its heroes, and coverage of real-life events. The roles of editors, writers, artists, and publishers are then fully covered. A chapter on Street & Smith, the foremost publisher of sports pulps, follows, while a concluding chapter discusses the reasons for the demise of the pulps in the early 1950s.

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Library Journal
An extensive survey...detailed.
Library Journal
Dinan, who has written about the sports pulps for various magazines, contends that most studies of sports fiction routinely ignore the sports literature that appeared over the years in the pulps, which lasted from the 1890s to the 1950s. To help fill the gap, he presents an extensive survey of a genre marked by titles like Argosy, Blue Book, National Police Gazette, and Super Sports. Occasionally, an author like Louis L'Amour or John D. MacDonald will appear, though mainly these are authors of a lesser light who never advanced beyond the genre before its eventual demise in the Fifties. In one segment of this detailed appreciation, Dinan presents a year-by-year analysis of the contents of Sport Story magazine for the entire 21 years of its existence. Such attention is far more likely to appeal to students of sports literature than to general fans. An optional purchase for larger collections.--William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL
Booknews
A history of the writers, publishers, and magazines that comprised the niche of pulp publishing devoted to stories about sports. After general introductions to the wider worlds of pulp magazines and sports writing, the author devotes chapters to the all-sports pulps, Street & Smith's Sport Story Magazine, pulp writers, and the wane of pulp magazines. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786440474
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Series: Humanities/Literature & Language
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Dinan has written extensively on pulp magazines in such publications as Fangoria and Baseball America. He lives in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Introduction 3
2 The Magazines 7
3 Sports in the Pulps 33
4 The All-Sports Pulps 63
5 Street & Smith's Sport Story Magazine 103
6 The Pulp Writers 130
7 Editors, Artists and Readers 158
8 The Passing of the Pulps 179
9 Appendix: Sports Pulp Titles 192
Index 197
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