Just a personal note on Mercury Books. These were published by the
American Mercury, a literary magazine founded in 1924 by H.L. Mencken.
They were by no means just crime novels. I possess a novel Divide By
Two written by my mother under the name of Mildred Gilman. It was
originally published in hardcover by Harcourt Brace. The Mercury
version came out in 1940. All Mercury Books sold for 25 cents. The
blurb on the back lists books by Sinclair Lewis, C.S. Forester , John
Steinbeck, and Daphne Du Maurier.
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