Like its older sisters in the field of mass-market women’s magazines (everything from Cosmopolitan to Woman’s Day) Seventeen featured a great deal of short fiction in its pages from its debut in 1944.
Some of these were reprinted in anthologies, and they also served as a springboard for a number of young authors- Sylvia Plath may be the most often-cited, but pick up any YA paperback of a certain era and you’ll likely see a Seventeen credit in the author’s bio.
The last time I bought an issue was five years ago, so I could illustrate how the publication has shrunk over the past 40 years; I just checked, and it does not contain a short story, and I think fiction was on the way out even when I was reading as a YA myself in the early 90s.
This week we’ll take a look at three stories from three issues from three decades from my library of back issues: Continue reading
1. Thanks to everyone who checked out the Spring Cleaning Charity Auction! The books have been shipped off to their new home and the contribution sent to the Dollywood Foundation in support of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!
2. Be sure to check the Name That Book! page to see if you can help readers unravel the Mystery of the Vaguely-Remembered Plot! I’ve added a number of new requests in the past week.
3. Regularly scheduled content will return at the end of this week!
In May this blog celebrated its 6th anniversary of providing quality criticism of quality literature (insert scare-quotes where applicable -ED.), and, having run out of Victoria Martin books to commemorate the occasion, I am again putting the “do” in “do-gooder”! As in “do remove these books from my house”.
Yes, folks, this is your chance to bid on a chunk of Lost Classics history! For the next 7 days, this lot of 28 Lost Classics of Teen Lit (and a few Imaginary Summer Book Club selections) are up for bid on Ebay. And better yet, it is for a good cause: 100% of the final sale price will again be donated directly to the Dollywood Foundation and support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a non-profit foundation that provides books to preschoolers!
Support two good causes at once! Promote childhood literacy, and prevent yours truly from being crushed to death under a wobbly tower of paperbacks!
This auction ends next Sunday night, June 10, 2018 Be sure to read the full description and view all photos for information on condition before you bid!
Full name: Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature Defined As Books Authored By, About or Widely Read By Women in the 20th Century, let’s see if I can finish before Thanksgiving this year!
I had some last minute changes to the line-up, but this year’s titles are…
Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York By Gail Parent, plus film.
The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten 1960 – 1980 By Peter Bogdanovich, plus not one, but two films.
Red-Headed Woman By Katharine Brush, plus film.
The G-String Murders By Gypsy Rose Lee, plus film.
The Imaginary Summer Book Club FAQ can be found here.
This month marks the 6th birthday of this blog! As thanks to all of my loyal readers, please enjoy this stock photo of a cupcake:
Coming later this week: the return of the Spring Cleaning Charity Auction and announcement of the 2018 Imaginary Summer Book Club!