Queen of the Pulps

The Reign of Daisy Bacon and Love Story Magazine

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About the Book

Daisy Bacon, the opinionated, autocratic and complex editor of Love Story Magazine from 1928 to 1947, chose the stories that would be read by hundreds of thousands of readers each week. The first weekly periodical devoted to romance fiction and the biggest-selling pulp in the early days of the Great Depression, Love Story sparked a wave of imitators that dominated newsstands for more than twenty years.
Disparaged as “love pulp,” the magazine actually championed the “modern girl,” bringing its heroines out of the shadows of Victorian poverty and into the 20th century. With Love Story’ssuccess, Bacon became a national spokesperson, declaring that the modern woman could have it all—in love, in marriage and in the business world.
Yet Bacon herself struggled to achieve that ideal, especially in her own romantic life, built around a long-term affair with a married man. Drawing on exclusive access to her personal papers, this first-ever biography tells story behind the woman who influenced millions of others to pursue independence in their careers and in their relationships.

About the Author(s)

Writer Laurie Powers is the winner of the 2016 Munsey Award and has authored several articles on pulp fiction history. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Laurie Powers
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 80 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7396-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3694-8
Imprint: McFarland