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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 (pulp) paper stock. Pulp novels and magazines were the successors of penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short story magazines of the 19th century. Because inexpensive pulp paper can deteriorate quickly, many pulp fiction novels were discarded over the years. A majority of pulp fiction novels fall into the Western or detective genres, but there are other authors writing in additional genres. Sensational and flashy covers and witty snippets were used to draw readers in, adding credibility to 'judging a book by its cover'. Books are arranged alphabetically by author and title.