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Lester Dent: The Man, His Craft and His Market Paperback – January, 1995


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LESTER DENT: THE MAN, HIS CRAFT AND HIS MARKET will take you back to the heyday of pulp publishing. This fascinating book is a must read for fans of pulp stories, mysteries, detective stories, comic books or science fiction. It is a revealing history of the brilliant writer from La Plata, Missouri, who has inspired generations of adventure writers and whose influence can still be seen in fictional heroes today! -- From the Publisher

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Maggie Martin McCarey-Laird has had a diverse career including being a United Methodist minister and missionary, teaching English at Drake University and Des Moines Area Community College both in Des Moines, Iowa, and the University of Alaska, Nome campus; she's also been a radio talk show host in Albany, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Hidalgo Pub Co (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964100495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964100497
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,165,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1996
Format: Paperback
Fans of Doc Savage will love this book, which is about the author of the Doc Savage pulp magazine stories. It was fun to read about Lester Dent -- his Doc tales have been my favorites for years, and I felt like I got to know him a bit from reading this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Essay on February 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
It ain't pretty skimpy, "by gar!" (Dent's expression). This was the first biography of Lester Dent, and my first attempt at writing something over a 10 page report. Before it went to press, a second book came out whose primary source was my then master's thesis collecting dust at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. The only acknowledgment I received from that author was a small footnote proving she had access to my work. All of my information came from Norma Dent, Dent's widow. Murray was still a kid, and well-loved by Mrs. Dent. but the stories I got from her were woman-to-woman and straight from her heart. I interviewed other people in LaPlatta, Mo, who remembered Dent but not fondly. I could have exploited that angle big time, but my thesis/book became a story about Norma and her never told story of life with her husband, the millionaire who made it big during the depression writing formula novels.

I was a graduate student at Truman State University when I chose Dent because his widow lived ten miles away from me and because no one had ever heard of him. Dent had a lot of competition--Faulkner, Shakespeare, Whitman, Jane Austin--in academia. If you think your review was harsh, you should try to imagine my defending Den't stories, written by his own words, as a way to make a lot a dough, to scholars who survive on feeling superior to God. I defended things about him in my "useless, large spaced book" that others have only repeated since. How brilliant Dent was as an inventor and science fiction writer and how many of his fictionalized inventions made it into 3-D came from MRS. Dent's memory of conversations she had with Dent in their house he called the House of inventions.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 28, 2005
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This booklet --- almost a pamphlet, really --- is so brief as to be almost useless. There is far more detailed information about the pulp markets and Dent's career in Philip Jose Farmer's "Doc Savage an Apocalyptic Life". Much of the text quotes from two sources: Ron Goulart's "Cheap Thrills" and Will Murray's "The Secret Kenneth Robeson". Ron Goulart is a pulp historian and award-winning SF author; Murray is a long time Doc Savage scholar and author of several Doc Savage books.

Since so much of the information in this booklet is drawn from these two sources, I think my money would have been better spent hunting down copies of the Goulart and Murray books, rather than spending my money on this one.

In any case, what you get is very skimpy --- 89 pages of very large print and very wide margins, plus a brief bibliography and index. Hardly worth the price.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1997
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Great book about Lester Dent. I started reading the Doc Savage stories when I was a kid, and I still read them 30 years later. Fun to learn about my favorite author
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