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Arcadia House peddled what we today call Period Romance, Setting Romance or Historical
Romance. As with romance publishers of today, they had a distinct--and very pretty-- presentation.
Melissa (Clarke J. Calvitt)
"Melissa is the story of a
Southern mountain girl who had
only a pair of overalls and a
faded dress; whose mother died
of malnutrition and whose
brother was sought by the
police. And of Whitney Vanveldt,
a blueblood whose proverbial
golden spoon was studded with
diamonds." (Front flap of the
dustjacket.) This was actually
one of this firm’s first modern
setting romances, issued under
both the Godwin and Arcadia
House imprints.
False Star: "Violet loved Cecil from afar, but he only had eyes for Carol, Violet's cousin. Now Carol and Cecil
are married and Violet wonders if she will ever find her true love. To do so she travels to Athens
Alex Hillman was responsible for purchasing cover art for both Godwin and Arcadia House.
Either by direction or inclination, Hillman began expanding the Godwin line to include…
Streamlined Romances

Hillman would develop the Streamlined Romance trademark under another imprint, but he started
experimenting with it here. At 60,000 words and weighing in around 300 hard bound pages there was very
little aerodynamic about them. Instead, the term denotes a romance with a modern setting. Although modern,
most of these books featured rarefied settings, especially Hollywood. After a time, novels of this type came to
dominate Godwin’s output.
Probationer
(Mary Denny Phillips)
"Corridors wreaking with the
odor of ether, wards filled with
the agonizing moans of people
too poor to pay for attention,
nurses and doctors laughing
and chatting about their own
amours while anxious
sweethearts and wives plead
pitiably for relief, were only
incidentals in the life of
Josephine James, student
nurse, who took her profession
seriously. In this intimate story of
a hospital nurse Josephine's
love for Dr Rogers, a house
physician, survives in spite of
the gruesome reality and
unnatural intimacy of hospital
life." (Front flap.)
Blondes Play Too Rough
(Robert Neal Leath)
"When Maddy went to Southern
California to exploit new fields of
beautiful blondes, he never
suspected the emotional whirlpool
into which he would be drawn.
Previously blondes,
like the aged in the wood Bourbon
whisky, had been extremely
exciting and rather
easily attained necessities. But
now he discovered a blonde so
very exciting and so absolutely
necessary that he couldn't get
enterprising about any other
woman. And she wasn't easy to
attain." (From Promotional
Material.) This novel’s back flap
features endorsement blurbs from
Clara Bow, Dick Powell, Mae
Clarke, John Mack Brown and
Bette Davis.
Gentleman From Parnassus (Jack Woodford) :"Here we have Hollywood delineated by a man who knows it
to the core. All its brazen hypocrisy, fantastic morality, stupendous fraud, and colossal glamour are bared in
a style as sharp as a surgeon's lancet, as pungent as a sock on the nose."
(From flap.)
Detective Fiction

Godwin put its toe in this genre’s waters, mostly
using the same writers that had come out of the
developing Streamlined Romance
Imported Sleaze

Sleaze in translation, adding a whiff of the exotic to
the erotic.
The Adventures of King
Pausole
(translated by Charles
Hope Lumley)
This novel was once turned
into a musical and has
several film adaptations.
Other titles in this category
include Ten Droll Tales by
Honore De Blazac and
Casanova’s Memoir’s as
translated by J. Monet.
Conservative Expose

Alex Hillman was introduced to the theories of early Conservative economist Frank Knight during his student
days at the University of Chicago. He remained a Conservative throughout his life, helping to form the
parameters of the movement through advocacy publishing. Being a Conservative in the 1930s was tricky
business. (The term ‘Conservative’ did not emerge until the 1950s.) Here we can see the evolution both of
Hillman’s political leanings and that of the movement itself. Many of these seem to be remnants of Godwin’s
academic work. Hillman’s Conservative leaning books published under the Godwin imprint include…
Government by Judiciary
(Louis Boudin) A two volume tract
which takes on the New Deal and
activists judges. This is essentially an
expansion of articles the author
originally started writing for Political
Science Quarterly in 1911.  Like
Southern Mills Hills was ordered by
every college library with an interest in
the subject. Is still in numerous
collections today.
The Joy of Ignorance
(T. Swan Harding) The first of Hillman’s ironic anti self-help books.
Punching holes in fashionable notions is the Conservative’s cause
for being. In this book our pseudonym of an author goes step by
step debunking every craze then afloat. “He set out to determine
whether or not tobacco or coffee or alcohol were injurious to the
human system; whether it was really necessary to eat roughage
and take exercise; whether certain remedies would preserve the
teeth or protect a person from colds.” (Bookseller’s description,
probably cribbed from promotional material.) Perhaps the world’s
first Pulp Science text.
What Price Wall Street?
(Forest Davis) Hillman’s second crack at a mass audience
Conservative work. Conservatives at the time were trust
busters and leery of Wall Street robber barons. This book
lays blame for the Depression at the feet of an
unregulated financial marketplace and its culture of crony
capitalism. (Sounds damn familiar, for some reason.)
Predicted that the Depression would end in 1947, which is
one year off. (Did not predict WWII.) Chapters include 1:
Whips for Rogues; 2: Tulips and War Debts; 3: Pirates,
Slaves and Stock Brokers; 4: Huzzah for Hamilton! ; 5: The
Iron Horse; 6: The Western Blizzard; 7: Piracy, New Style;
8: Erie, Harlot of the Rails; 9: Prairie Empire Looted; 10:
Gould Astride the "L"; 11: Giants Shake the Earth; 12:
Farewell to the Titans; 13: The New Jerusalem: 1915-'29;
14: An End to Frontiers; 15: Short-Sellers' Holiday; 16:
Recovery: War or Famine? ; 17: 1947 A. D.