Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Book review in Journal of Social History

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 10 Apr 2004

Given the variety of stories and heroes in the mystery pulps, I cannot see how the publishers or the writers could be supplying the public with models on how to live.

Would a reader of Black Mask follow Daly's Three Gun Terry, Gardner's Ed Jenkins, Hammett's Op., Whitfield's Gar or Nebel's Cardigan? Those five (and I mention them because they had large followings) show no uniformity in their psychology or morals or even in the use of violence.

In my view, at their heyday the pulps were a pretty anarchic forum that accomodated all sorts of themes, styles and levels of talent (obviously, lots of good trash there).



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