Sunday, March 13, 2011

Little Blue Books

Looking up old slang dictionaries for sale on Amazon, I found one from 1947 (I haven't yet checked it out):

A Dictionary of American Slang (Little Blue Book No. 56) [Paperback]
Clement and Gloria Goddard Wood (Author)

The Little Blue Books were a very popular series of inexpensive books published from 1919 for almost 60 years - mostly literature classics, but also on a wide variety of other topics.

"Following World War II, the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover viewed the Little Blue Books' inclusion of such subjects as socialism, atheism, and frank treatment of sexuality as a threat and put Haldeman-Julius on their enemies list. This caused a rapid decline in the number of bookstores carrying the Little Blue Books, and they slowly sank into obscurity by the 1950s, although still well remembered by older people who had read them in the 1920s and 1930s."

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