pulp fiction

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A colloquial American term for cheaply produced books and magazines of the early 20th century containing popular kinds of fiction ranging from westerns and detective stories to romances and science fiction. The name comes from the cheap kind of paper upon which they were printed, and is often abbreviated simply to ‘pulp’, as in ‘pulp writer’, ‘pulp magazine’, etc. See also dime novel, novelette.

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