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Pulp fiction now on display at Realm

31 May 2017

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When we hear of the term ‘pulp fiction’ how many of us immediately think of the 1994 American black comedy neo-noir crime film?

No, we’re not talking about the Tarantino-directed movie, but pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels made popular during the mid-20th century.

If you’re visiting Realm, be sure to stop by and view a fascinating and rare collection of pulp fiction magazines now on display on the Ground Floor and Level One.

The display includes many rare books from both the US and Australian editions and highlights a broad range of social circumstances during this time. This includes the push to encourage returned veterans to embrace literature, inter-racial relations, the status of women, and homosexuality. The display also brings to light the peculiar circumstances of Australian publishing laws during this era.

Spanning a range of literary classics, passionate love stories and brutal crime stories, the fruits of this collection are sure to delight and fascinate.

Termed ‘Pulp magazines’ because of the low-quality paper used between the covers, these publications proliferated in the 1930s and 1940s to the point where they blanketed news-stands in just about every popular fiction genre of the time.

The exhibit, part of the WordMeUp Arts Incubator, is on display in the two Collector’s Cabinets on Level 1 at the Realm Library until 20 August 2017.

Realm is located at 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood (opposite Ringwood Station).

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