Pulp Fiction and Cartography Collide: Mapback Index

Recently I met Molly Brower on Twitter and learned about her Web site, Mapback Index: http://www.mapbackindex.com/mapbackindex/. From the About page: “The Dell ‘mapbacks’ were paperbacks published by Dell in the 1940s and 1950s. They were primarily genre books—mostly mysteries, Westerns, and romances. Many of them were written by authors who were famous at the time; many by authors who became famous later; and quite a few were written by authors who never published another book. The front covers were striking, and the back covers featured stylized maps of locales that featured in the books: sometimes whole towns (real or fictional), sometimes neighborhoods, often apartments or other buildings that were the scene of a crime.” The site has information on about 500 books.

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