Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Export Canadian Paperback Originals Part II

In an earlier post I began the discussion of Canadian paperback originals (PBO) by noting how few were published by Harlequin Books and Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd (White Circle) - 4.0% and 2.3% respectively.

I also noted how many PBOs Export Publishing Enterprises Ltd published - 55 of 166 (33%.) Here we'll look at three PBOs from an author who has no biography - Rose Carrol (sometimes Carroll). This is not uncommon for Export authors as a surprising number exist only as names on Export books, very likely unacknowledged pseudonyms. 

The Restless Dead is a collection of 14 stories advertised as "true". The fact that one of the stories is Charlotte Perkins Gilman's famous "The Yellow Wallpaper" makes that claim a bit suspect. Export has "The Yellow Wall Paper" by Charlotte Perkin [sic].

News Stand Library 112 - June 1950

News Stand Library 112 back

Sex Life Among Savage People has a "prelude" by T. L. Kennedy (no hint who he/she is) and a bibliography, the only Export book to have one. Some chapter titles are "Orgiastic Licence", "Course of Savage Romance", "Love Magic".

News Stand Library 124 - August 1950

News Stand Library 124 back

Tawny Witch is the only novel by Ms. Carrol.

News Stand Library 146 - October 1950

News Stand Library 146 back


  1. I'm going to step out on a limb here:

    I wonder whether there might be some connection between Rose Carroll and Jock Carroll.

    Or maybe it's Rose Carrol, after all... one never knows with Export.

  2. Carol is the preferred spelling in the books but it could be Jock Carroll. I see he would have been 31 in 1950 and was a journalist in Toronto. He could very well be one of the unidentified Export authors. A list of possible candidates for these authors would be fun to put together.

    Someone has speculated that it could be the wife of one of Export's owners who was named Rose. She did work closely with her husband on business ventures.