With the Fourth of July just a few days away, let’s celebrate the American countryside with the pulps! From the early days of the pulps, life in rural America has been a favorite subject. Here are a few portrayals of that life, courtesy of some of the best artists and illustrators to work in the pulp industry!
All I can guess is that they really hated oranges in France.
According to the book’s entry on Amazon, Sophie was originally published in 1960. There’s only one review posted for the book, from a user named Clifford. According to Clifford, Geoffrey Wagner was born in England but worked in New York. He was an English professor and he spoke several different languages. Clifford goes on to write that Sophie is about a woman who was also born in England but found work in another country. After growing up with a family of smugglers, Sophie eventually works her way up (and through) the aristocracy of post-Revolutionary France. Apparently, the book is based on fact.
The cover was done by Hans Helweg, one of the many that he did for Pan Books.
Hans Helweg was a Danish illustrator who is probably best remembered for the work he did illustrating Michael Bond’s series of books about a guinea pig named Olga da Polga. For example:
However, before Hans Helweg brought Olga de Polga to adorable life, he illustrated several covers for Pan Books, a British paperback publisher. In the 50s and 60s, Pan’s paperbacks was known for their colorful covers, which has since made them highly attractive to collectors. Helweg was responsible for some of the most colorful. And since Helweg, as opposed to many other illustrators, almost always singed his work, his covers are some of the most eagerly sought after.
Here are just a few of Han Helweg’s Pan Book covers: