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Western pulp fiction collection

The Western pulp fiction collection contains hundreds of pulp fiction novels published between 1920 and 1984. The term 'pulp fiction' applies to low-quality literature often printed on lesser-quality paper stock. Pulp novels and magazines were the successors of penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short story magazines of the 19th century. Because cheap 'pulp' paper often wears over time, many pulp fiction novels were discarded over the years. A majority of pulp fiction novels fall into the western genre or center around detective stories, but there are other authors writing in additional genres. Since readers needed to be drawn in, flashy covers and witty snipets are used to draw readers in, adding credibility to 'judging a book by its cover'. Books are arranged alphabetically by author and title.