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Yesterday's Faces #1 : Glory Figures

by Robert Sampson

The era of the pulp magazine extended from 1896 to about 1957. The pulp magazines dealt in fiction that was, by reason of the audience and the medium, heightened beyond normal experience. The drama was intense, colors vivid, pace exhausting. The characters moving through these prose dreams were heightened, too. Most were cast in quasi-heroic mold and moved on elevated planes of accomplishment. Sixty years of fiction-making created immense numbers of characters. Most glimmered briefly and vanished. After them crowded others, equally ephemeral. Certain characters rose above their casual origins. Various factors brought them intense popularity.

This book and its companion volumes are concerned with the slow boiling and shaping of many literary conventions over many decades. This volume will begin with the dime novels and several early series characters who influenced the direction of pulp fiction at its source.

Robert Sampson was the author of eight books on the magazines and the characters of the pulp era, including Yesterday's Faces, a six-volume study of series characters and how they evolved through the early pulp magazines. He published more than 100 articles on these magazines and their fiction and contributed essays to such reference works as Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines; and wrote for such periodicals as Clues, The Dime Novel Round-Up, The Mystery Fancier, and The Armchair Detective. His mystery and fantasy fiction appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He received the 1986 Edgar for his short mystery, "Rain in Pinton County."

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Format: Paperback
270 Pages
First Published: 1983

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