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The Pulp Jungle

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Frank Gruber's first sale as an author came with a short story, "the Two Dollar Raise," which went to a Sunday School newspaper. The payment was $3.50.

The time was 1927, and for Gruber this first sale meant much more than being able to get a job as an editor of a farm paper on the basis of being a published author. It meant the beginnings of a massive assault on the pulp
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published 1967 by Sherbourne Press
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Sean McLachlan
Aug 19, 2014 Sean McLachlan rated it really liked it
Publishing is changing. Advances are going down, it's getting harder to push through the traditional publishing bottleneck, and more people are choosing indie publishing. Going it alone means having to do all your own marketing and even more importantly, being prolific in order to boost your visibility.

It's for this reason that I've been studying the old pulp days, when writers often got paid only half a cent a word and had to write reams of tales in order to make ends meet. Many starved, while
Nov 22, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it
One of the earliest (the earliest?) memoir by a pulp writer, it is a fun read but mostly for those of us interested in the back story of 1930s writers. There is a lot of name dropping, but a lot of the people mentioned would be only familiar to those who already know the people involved, In at least one case, Gruber is the source for what happened to a writer.
Well recommended to pulp and 1930s-1950s buffs who want behind the scenes info.
David Baldwin
Very much a worthy read for pulp fans, with many amusing anecdotes.
Jul 04, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
The Pulp Jungle (1967)

This is Frank Gruber’s autobiographical account of his days as a pulp writer, starting during the Great depression and through to the early forties when he moved to Hollywood as a screenwriter. It really is about a guy who was passionate and driven about becoming a writer. A number of other key writers from the pulps are referenced, including Steve Fisher, Raymond Chandler, Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, Lester Dent, and others. It’s basically o
May 07, 2013 David rated it liked it
Frank Gruber wrote and wrote and wrote. He wrote over 400 short stories, 53 novels, 65 movie screenplays, 100 TV scripts, created 3 television shows, and sold 25 of his books to the movies. At his height he was writing over 800,000 words a year. He admits in the book that some of his early stuff was trash but he sold a lot of books in the United States as well as in foreign markets with over 850 editions published in 24 different countries for total sales of over 90,000,000 copies.

He is rarely r
Oct 07, 2011 Scott marked it as to-read
Happily I have finally scored a copy of this book after many failed searches. Frank Gruber was right in the thick of the pulp era having had a multitude of stories and novelettes published in Black Mask and Dime Detective Magazine and scores of books. This is both a memoir of an amazing writer and the history of Black Mask Magazine.
Jul 26, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing
Superb memoir of Gruber's efforts to, first, get into writing for the pulps, then books, then Hollywood.
It's filled with anecdotes about writers of the era he knew. Like Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, Lester Dent, Walter Gibson, and a host of others I didn't know(I'm by no means any kind of expert on the pulp era).
May 26, 2009 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
Reading this in English, actually, not French.
"Borrowed" from the Ripon College scene shop and smells very much like it.
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Frank Gruber (1904–1969) was an enormously prolific author of pulp fiction. A stalwart contributor to Black Mask magazine, he also wrote novels, producing as many as four a year during the 1940s. His best-known character was Oliver Quade, “the Human Encyclopedia,” whose adventures were collected in Brass Knuckles (1966), and will soon be republished in ebook format as Oliver Quade, the Human Encyc ...more
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