Cultural Collections

Romance or Pulp Fiction? It's Your Choice

A Baillieu Library Special Collections Exhibition
Wednesday 14 February-Friday 9 March 2007
Curated by Chen Chen
Ground Floor Exhibition Space, Baillieu Library

This year Valentine’s Day has been re-named Library Lover’s Day by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to celebrate those who love and support libraries around Australia. In supporting this initiative, Special Collections showcases a selection from our Romance and Taylor Pulp and Popular Fiction Collections in the ground floor exhibition space in the Baillieu Library. Come with your friends to our Baillieu Library to find out more.

Our Romance Fiction Collection is a comprehensive collection of paper-back fiction by Australian and New Zealand as well as British and American romance novelists published from the 1960s up until the present by publishers such as Mills and Boon, Silhouette and the Women’s Weekly Library.

The Taylor Collection of pulp and popular fiction is a collection of nearly five thousand paperbacks and pulp digests published in Australia between the 1940s and the 1980s. The collection ranges across all genres of popular fiction and sensationalised non-fiction, including crime, war, science fiction, westerns, romance and erotica.

Come with your friends to our Baillieu Library to find out more.

Selected Images

The following is a selection of images from pulp fiction items in the exhibition. Click on the thumbnails for the full-size image and description.

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