Todd Mason wrote:
Even though my previous contribution to this discussion seems
to have been lost to time or the delete key, I will suggest
that I'd bet the majority, at least, of writers for BLACK
MASK and later DIME DETECTIVE, etc, were acutely aware of
what their colleagues were doing. Whether or not they thought
of themselves as world-changers, I'm not sure, but I suspect
they had some sense of what they were doing to crime fiction
as it then existed. TM
*************** I am positive that the noble crusade of the pulps to reshape the world of literature was a subject at many writer drinking parties. Cap Shaw was certainly quick to lecture on the merits of the Black Mask "style". Nevertheless, I'm equally sure that few of the authors would have stuck with them if they could have emanated the style that would have graduated them into the higher-paying slicks.
I gotta laugh at myself. I read one damn book on the era and
all of a sudden I'm some pompous expert. Haha! I just
finished Frank Gruber's THE PULP JUNGLE. Many thanks to Bill
Crider for recommending it. I loved it. It was a lot of
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