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The Edmonton Collection

'Buffalo Bill's Raid of Death' edited by Edward LeBlanc About the Collection

The Edmonton Collection is a personal collection of paperback books located in Edmonton, Canada.

Gathered over the past several years by University of Alberta English professor Gary Kelly, this growing collection currently comprises roughly one hundred paperbacks. The majority of the material dates from the heyday of the paperback revolution (1935-1960). Most of the paperbacks were purchased in Edmonton at Alhambra Books.

'The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit' by Sloan Wilson The collection contains excellent examples of many popular paperback tropes, including Westerns (Hopalong Cassidy's Protégé; Buffalo Bill's Raid of Death), hard-boiled narratives (Murder Inc.; Bare Trap), science fiction (The War of Two Worlds), and romance (Stevie, Staff Nurse). Paperback versions of traditional "classics" (Tales from the Decameron) and non-fiction (Early Victorian Novelists) are also represented, as well as paperback originals which became classics in their own right (The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit).

For a full listing of paperbacks in The Edmonton Collection, browse the holdings. To get a closer look at some of the collection's books, check out the virtual paperback rack in our gallery section.