N. R. de MEXICO

N. R. de Mexico is, in fact, Robert Campbell Bragg, born in New Jersey in 1918, and one of the more obscure, off-beat authors of the 1950s. The "N" is for nee (born), the "R" is for Robert, and the Mexico is very likely a gag based on the fact that the author had taught himself to speak Spanish well enough to do some translating. In the late 1930s and early 40s, Bragg was writing clandestine erotic manuscripts for a wealthy private collector in Oklahoma, and during WWII he worked for military intelligence. Afterwards, he became an editor for an architectural magazine, and began writing novels after that. Bragg lived the bohemian life in Greenwich Village, and died in 1954.

ORRIE HITT

Orrie Hitt was born in Colchester, New York, on October 27, 1916. He married Charlotte Tucker in Port Jervis, New York, where they settled and had four children. Hitt wrote approximately 150 books over a period of about 14 years while sitting at his kitchen table surrounded by iced coffee, noisy children and Winston cigarettes. In his prime, he wrote a new novel every two weeks. Though most of his books are now categorized as sleaze novels, Orrie Hitt perfectly captured the not-so-quiet desperation of the working class in the continual search for sex, money and happiness. He died in a VA hospital in Montrose, New York, from cancer on December 8, 1975.

ELAINE DORIAN

"Elaine Dorian" is one of the pseudonyms used by Isabel Moore, a pulp writer who created a major stir in the town she moved to in central New York in the early 1960s, and wrote about in a Peyton Place vein. Glamorous, outgoing — possessing an Ivy League education and a lot of Hollywood friends — Moore found the citizens of Cooperstown eager to share their gossip with her. Moore in turn scandalized the town when she transformed these tales of rampant affairs, illegal abortions, rape and more into a book, The Sex Cure. At one point a mob formed outside her house and spray-pained obscenities on the outside, threatening to run her out of town. She refused to be bullied and told the local paper, "This is good material for my next book."



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