Cabinet 5: Holledge & Others
R. Wilkes Hunter, The Innocent Savage. 2nd ed. London ; Melbourne: Horwitz, 1963. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9611.H864 I56
Frederick Ward, Jungle Gold. Sydney: W. J. Nesbit, [195-?]. Pulp Literature Special Collections PS3573.A733 J86
Richard Wilkes Hunter was another Horwitz stalwart who penned some 20 books, including Congo Mercenary (1965), The Doctor’s Affair (1960) and The Innocent Savage, first published in the Pocket Book series in 1960. This is the second edition.
Frederick Ward’s Jungle Gold represents an earlier period in pulp publication, and this ‘handy’-sized format was part of a boys’ adventure series aimed at that group of readers. Importantly, the story has an Australian setting. And in recognising the popularity of his magazine Man, Kenneth Murray selected ‘the world’s outstanding stories of men, women…and wantons’ and re-packaged them into handy pocket-sized reads. A snappy title and a byline of ‘stories to hasten the pulse’ was a sure-fire way to attract readers.
Almost all of the stories within were written by Australians.