Spurned by wife, man gives up pulp fiction library
The Times of India has this article about a man who had to choose between his laundry and his 25,000 Pulp Fiction book collection.
\"My wife gave me an ultimatum,\" he recalls. \"She said, \'I can\'t get to the washer and dryer. You have to make a decision between the books and clean clothes.\" The books are now at the University at Buffalo\'s Lockwood Library. Five years after Kelley donated them to his alma mater, librarians have catalogued each volume.\"\"For 30 years, it was love. George Kelley and the little numbers who kept him company in all those hotel rooms. They\'d always own a little piece of his heart. And a great big part of his home. But Kelley had another love, the one he married, and she said he\'d have to choose. He knew she was right. The affair was over, and for the sake of clean socks. So Kelley sent packing his collection of 25,000 volumes of pulp fiction that had turned his basement into a library - and an obstacle course.\"
\"It\'s the first time many of the cheesy sci-fi, romance and detective novels from decades past have found a place in the National Bibliographic Database, let alone a permanent spot on a shelf.\"
\"Libraries were kind of snobby,\" says Lockwood\'s director, Judith Adams-Volpe. In their heyday, pulps were meant to be quick reads that, at 10 cents to 25 cents a pop, could be tossed out at story\'s end. The low-grade paper gave pulps their name, and hardly encouraged their saving.\"