Saturday, 5 June 2010

Harlequin and White Circle Twins Part I

There are five titles that were published by both Harlequin Books and Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd in their White Circle imprint.

Nine to Five by Harvey Smith was first published by Charles Scribner's (New York, 1944). The Collins edition was published in 1947 and the Harlequin five years later in November 1952. The White Circle's cover artist is Margaret Paull, the Harlequin's is unknown. Harlequin published a 2009 Calendar which was given to its authors as part of the 60th anniversary celebration. Nine to Five is September's image.

Smith's best known of his four novels is The Gang's All Here (Princeton University Press, 1941) about a thinly disguised Princeton. The University's motto is Per facilia ad mediocria ("With ease to mediocrity").

White Circle 297

White Circle 297 back

Harlequin 195

Harlequin 195 back


  1. An interesting post. I'm reminded that Nine to Five was one of the very few titles considered for the Harlequin Vintage Collection, but was rejected for being too long and to bland. This according to editor Adrienne Macintosh.

  2. Thanks for reminding me of the Harlequin comments. In this instance I agree with the editor. The Harlequin edition is 320 pages long and even in 1952 a salt company can't have been very appetizing.