SB Reader Lindsey wrote:
my name is lindsey and i have come to seek your knowledge. i am interested in learning more about 1930’s and 40’s romance novels. The ones my grandma used to read. When she died some short-sighted relative through out her extensive collection of old adventure romance books, and now i want to know about them. she was also a big communist, so i wonder about the connection there. do you know anything about this? any tips on where i might begin to look? im also interested in secondary sources about adventure-romance (since i am a geeky academic). can you smart bitches help me out?
Far be it from me to draw the line connecting adventure romance of the 40’s to Communism, but hey, my father in law works for the Jewish socialists so I’ll ask him tonight. Either way – anyone got any titles or authors for Lindsey to look up?
I have to say, going back to look up the popular literature that your grandparents might have read is a fine idea. I’m seeing my grandmother on Sunday (OH, the joys of having two, no, THREE faiths in one marriage) and I know she loves Wodehouse and Trollope but I wonder if she indulged in the Catherine Coulters of her day.
Leave your answers in the comments, and if you are celebrating Pesach this evening, Chag Sameach!