Confessions of a French Stenographer [cover title].

C.1920s pulp romantic fiction magazine aimed at women comprising two titles, one of which was copyrighted in 1898 by noted dime novel publishers, George Munro’s Sons of New York. The present iteration of these tales may have been published in Chicago by dime novel publisher Max Stein & Co.¹

The anonymous cover story, “Confessions of a French Stenographer,” purports to recount (in the first person) the romantic adventures of a woman in the workplace. The second romance story—presented in a very different layout and possibly printed from old stereotype plates—is entitled “Leave Love to Itself” and is copyrighted 1898 by George Munro’s Sons.

The latter story, uncredited here, was published by Max Stein & Co. as Number 16 in his “Popular Novels” series of dime novels and credited to popular British novelist and serial fiction writer Charles Garvice (1850–1920) (see DNB). The color cover illustration by R.R, Epperly depicts a c.1920s fashionable woman coyly gazing over her shoulder as a small toy dog or puppy looks on.

A curious American romantic pulp fiction magazine or dime novel publication aimed at women.

Description: Confessions of a French Stenographer [cover title].

[Chicago?: Max Stein & Co.?, (1898) after 1950s?]. [16]ff. Pamphlet. 7¾ x 5¼ inches. Illustrated wrappers; staple-bound. Pulp paper leaves. Cover illustration by R.R. Epperly. Near fine.


Note. 1. OCLC: 55020996, 3 copies (Chicago History Museum, Ohio State, UVa).


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