File X (7)

By: Joshua Glenn
August 13, 2010

The Tragedy of X (1941 edition), by Ellery Queen.

The copy pictured here belonged to my maternal grandfather, Lowell Selling, psychologist and pulp fiction aficionado. The writing team of Daniel Nathan and Manford (Emanuel) Lepofsky, who invented the fictional character and pseudonym Ellery Queen, first published this novel in 1932 using the pseudonym Barnaby Ross.

Another edition, from 1952:

1952; The Tragedy of X by Ellery Queen


Seventh in a series of ten posts showcasing my collection of midcentury paperback books the titles of which include a free-standing letter “X.”


Pulp, Spectacles