In the first post in this series I introduced the Armed Services Editions and talked about one of the 10 books in that series that were also published by Canadian paperback publisher Harlequin. Here is another.
The Dark Page by Samuel Fuller (1912-1997) was published by Duell, Sloane and Pearce in 1944. There is an appealing reference to it in his 1980 film The Big Red One.
In my last post I asked for help to identify the original titles of nine paperbacks published by Wm Collins Sons & Co. Canada in the late 1940s. Here are the seven retitled books in the White Circle series that I have identified.
One Summer Night first published as First Star in 1949 (New York: Arcadia House) If I Live to Dine as Madam Will Not Dine Tonight in 1947 (New York: Coward-McCann) The Tarnished Lady as Deadlier than the Male in 1942 (New York: Duell, Sloane and Pearce) Murder in Hollywood as Say Yes to Murder in 1942 (New York: G. P. Putnam's) Uninvited Corpse as Women Are Skin Deep in 1948 (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott) The Affair at the Marco Polo Club as Death Before Dinner in 1948 (London: Wm Collins) The Sheriff of Union County as Boomerang Jail in 1947 (New York: E. P. Dutton)
The total of 16 (out of 420 reprints) is quite small compared to Harlequin. In this post I discussed the Harlequin retitled books - 87 out of 455. This is a rate almost 5.4 times greater than the White Circles. This is no doubt due to the 318 White Circle reprints of titles first published by the parent company Wm Collins, only one of which was retitled.
Wm Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd published 429 titles in their White Circle paperback reprint line from 1942 until 1952. All but nine were reprints but Collins never stated the original publication information. I've been able to identify this information for all but nine of the 420 titles.
The reason I can't find the original publication is Collins changed the title. And the authors wrote dozens of books. I'm showcasing these nine books here with the hope that someone can recognize the original title.
In the first of the series on early American paperback publisher Quinn Publishing Company I described the close relationship between Harlequin and Quinn. Nearly 30 percent (39) of the 139 titles published by Quinn were also published by Harlequin. Here are two.
Sam Merwin's Knife in My Back was first published in 1945 by Mystery House. The Window Withthe Sleeping Nude is a PBO.
The Harlequin edition of Knife in My Back is not abridged - at least to the extent the Quinn edition is. It may be abridged from the original.