Annals of unintentional camp: William MacLeod Raine

nickjb told me today about a book that gets left out a lot at the library. It’s from the Thorndike Large Print Western series, and it’s by William MacLeod Raine (1871-1954), a prolific author of cowboy books. Here it is:

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A rousing tale of Leadville, indeed!

After you get over that, we’ll proceed. Nick says the large print cover is “even better”, but we’ll have to wait for a scan. I couldn’t find it online. Raine’s oeuvre is packed with the innocently bi-curious butchness of action novels from the thirties, when language was used differently and men were men. Real men. Big, strong men with pushbroom mustaches and chaps and… pardon me, I’ll continue. The examples below will result in puerile, campy chuckles. Also, the University of New Mexico Library has an article he wrote titled “Eugene Manlove Rhodes, American” from 1945. You’re welcome.

oh you tex!

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MAN size

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3 thoughts on “Annals of unintentional camp: William MacLeod Raine

  1. this was sitting on my 9th grade english teacher’s desk one day

    FIRST LOVE, BY GAY HEAD
    Price: $0.50 s&h fee $2.50
    Description: 14 WARM GLOWING STORIES SELECTED BY GAY HEAD. PAPER BACK IN GOOD OLDER CONDITION (SEE PICTURE). PUBLISHED BY SCHOLASTIC BOOK SERVICES, NEW YORK. FIRST PRINTING (1963).

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