Friday, September 12, 2014
This month I was pleased to see some articles and books about publishing during WWII:
"Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II" on The Atlantic, September 10, 2014. An in-depth piece on the Council on Books in Wartime.
"How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel" on NPR's Fresh Air, September 8, 2014. Author Maureen Corrigan discusses how the Armed Services Edition of The Great Gatsby lead to it's post-war popularity (starts at minute 23). For more info you can read a similar article I wrote "WWII-Era Book Giveaway Boosted Popularity of The Great Gatsby".
American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street is being published by Princeton University Press in October. It's about all kinds of pulp paperbacks, but there is a chapter about the Armed Services Editions.
When Books Went to War : The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II is being published by Houghton Mifflin in December. This new book focuses on the Council on Books in Wartime, but there is a discussion of the Victory Book Campaign too.
"Victory Book Campaign brought reading to World War II troops" in the Emmons County Record. The author interviewed me back in the spring, but I only just saw the article.
"Victory drive mustered thousands of books in 1942" in the Times Tribune. This piece focuses on book drive efforts local to Scranton, PA.
Monday, September 8, 2014
|Stamp on the cover of Is Sex Necessary? by James Thurber, 1944.|
|Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge, 1944.|
|The Travels of Marco Polo, edited by Manual Komroff, 1944.|
|Selected Short Stories, by O. Henry, 1944.|
|The Pearl Lagoon, by Charles Nordhoff, 1945.|
|Part of the duties of the Special Services Division of the US Army was to improve morale with books.|
|Great Smith, by Edison Marshall, 1943.|
My previous post WWII Military Library Book Stamps includes nine other stamped books.