What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

SOLVED: Adult Fiction > Kinda the opposite for this group but... The Western Novel

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message 1: by Stephen (last edited Aug 25, 2015 04:39PM) (new)

Stephen (havan) | 128 comments OK It's a bit of a stretch to ask this here but you all are aces when it comes to books and their titles.

Was there a novel in print in the early 40's called The Western Novel?

I was watching an old documentary (Victory at Sea) and one of the GI's was reading a book and they showed the cover. It looked like some military issue thing. Just a plain cover with the title, The Western Novel No author and no cover art.

After hearing my dad's tales about getting "Lucky Strike Greens" during the war I was curious if the military also issued reading material of some generic kind. I tried looking using GoodReads Titles Only search but hundreds of near misses came up but there is no exact match filter.

I sometimes use the add book/author link because that search is often more precise but no joy there either. I even tried Google but there was too many false positive near misses to find what I really wanted.

So I thought I'd ask the good folks here. Does anyone know if such a book existed and if so who wrote it?

message 2: by Krazykiwi (new)

Krazykiwi | 152 comments I may actually know this (amazing even myself.) Or possibly not.

"The Western Novel Classic" was publisher imprint right around the right timeframe (A quick search of ABE finds books from 1935-1941 on the front page). Other publisher names associated seem to be variously Dodge Publishing, Hillman, and "Novel Selection Inc., NY".

On the other hand, all the ones I've ever seen had really pulpy garish soft covers. On the other other hand, if they published hardbacks at all it was pretty common to run the cloth covers inside the dustjackets with only the publisher or imprint name.

http://www.amazon.com/Prodigal-Bandit... (typical of the covers I mean)


Also possible they ran these off in a budget version no coloured-covers version for the US military to distribute.

I once got a ton of these in the bottom of a box of books I picked up at an estate sale auction - While most of them had the "Western Novel Classic" branding, at least one didn't and just had "Western Novel", so there was a branding change at some point. They weren't nearly as good as the Zane Grey hardbacks on the top that got me to bid on the box :)

message 3: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37621 comments Mod
Worldcat is good for finding exact title matches. That assumes the book is in Worldcat.

message 4: by Tim (new)

Tim (tjs_books) | 45 comments Was it in a strange format? Armed Services Editions (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed_S...) had the spine on the short side. Here's a list of ASEs:
I've seen these in bookstores. They played a major role in the popularity of some literature (The Great Gatsby).

message 5: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (havan) | 128 comments I'm guessing that it was one of these ASE's without it's dust jacket. It didn't look to be that odd size but the angle in documentary was kinda weird so it might have been.

message 6: by Kate (new)

Kate Farrell | 4072 comments Mod
Are you wanting to call this solved Stephen?

message 7: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (havan) | 128 comments Yeah, I'm sorry I should have posted sooner. I'd call this solved.

message 8: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37621 comments Mod
What's the title and author?

message 9: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (havan) | 128 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "What's the title and author?" I beleive that there isn't any ONE specific author. I think it's one of the Armed Services editions (anthology)

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