Emanuel & Marcet Haldeman-Julius:
Guide to Web Resources & Bibliography

Compiled by Ralph Dumain

On this site

The Village Atheist (Excerpts) by E. Haldeman-Julius

"Haldeman-Julius, The Little Blue Books, and the Theory of Popular Culture" by Dale M. Herder

"The Little Blue Books as Popular Culture: E. Haldeman-Julius' Methodology" by Dale M. Herder

"The Little Blue Books in the War on Bigotry and Bunk" by Mark Scott

Intellectual Life in Society, Conventional and Unconventional: A Bibliography in Progress

Historical Surveys of Atheism, Freethought, Rationalism, Skepticism, and Materialism: Selected Works

Atheism / Freethought / Humanism / Rationalism / Skepticism / Unbelief / Secularism / Church-State Separation Web Links

On other sites

Basic research tools:

Emanuel Haldeman-Julius : Pocket Series and the Little Blue Books

Fans of the Little Blue Books Facebook group

The Website for Collectors of the Various Haldeman-Julius Series

Little Blue Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

AXE - Special Collections - E. Haldeman-Julius
(Leonard H. Axe Library, Pittsburg State University, Kansas. Note links)

Haldeman-Julius Publications and Related Serials Owned by the Cohen Center for Kansas History

Debs Collection, Indiana State University

Oviatt Library, California State University, Special Collections

Oklahoma State University, Edmon Low Library, Special Collection No. 66-007: "Little Blue Books," Haldeman-Julius Company, 1919-1946

SDSU Library & Information Access :: Haldeman-Julius 'Little Blue Books' Collection, 1915-1976
San Diego State University

SpColl 20: Little Bluebook Collection, Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University

Texts online authored or edited by Emanuel &/or Marcet Haldeman-Julius:

The Meaning Of Atheism by E. Haldeman-Julius. Little Blue Book No. 1597. Haldeman-Julius Company. Copies all over the web.

Is Theism a Logical Philosophy? (1930 Debate between E. Haldeman-Julius and Rev. Burris Jenkins)

See also quote: E. Haldeman-Julius on science vs. mysticism (Reason & Society blog, 13 Nov 2007)

The Church Is a Burden, Not a Benefit, in Social Life by E. Haldeman-Julius

Studies In Rationalism edited by E. Haldeman-Julius (Big Blue Book #B-7)

KKK the Kreed of the Klansmen by E. Haldeman-Julius et al (LBB #650)

Short Works by Marcet & Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, with introduction by Thomas Fox Averill, afterword by Gene DeGruson, at the Washburn University Center for Kansas Studies 1992)

Anna Marcet and Emanuel Haldeman-Julius: An "Afterword" by Gene DeGruson from Short Works (Washburn University, Center for Kansas Studies), 1992.

Dust by E. Haldeman-Julius & Marcet Haldeman-Julius:

An Agnostic Looks at Life: Challenges of a Militant Pen by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, 1926 (Big Blue Book # B-25)

Miscellaneous Essays by E. Haldeman-Julius (Pocket Series #460)
Contents: Luther Burbank, Art in the Movies, The Pocket Series I, The Pocket Series II, Protestantism and Catholicism, Axel Peterson I, Axel Peterson II, King "Tut", Culture and the Workers, Joseph Addison and the Thirst for News, "Let Me Die When I'm Twenty".
Some essays readable via Google Books.

"For Art's Sake," The Stratford Journal, vol. IV, no. 1, January 1919, pp. 27-38. Journal downloadable.

Impressions of the Scopes Trial by Marcet Haldeman-Julius
(excerpts from Clarence Darrow's Two Great Trials, 1927)

What Great Men Have Said About Women (Ten Cent Pocket Series No. 77), edited by Marcet Haldeman-Julius

Little (& Big) Blue Books edited by E. Haldeman-Julius

Other writers on Haldeman-Julius:

Mordell, Albert. Trailing E. Haldeman-Julius in Philadelphia and Other Places: The Early Years of an Author, Editor and Publisher Who Has Done Much to Spread Sound Ideas on Controversial Subjects. Girard, KS: Publisher Haldeman-Julius, 1949.

Blue Books & Haldeman-Julius publications of other authors (see also "Basic research tools"):

Big Blue Books by Joseph McCabe

Realism in Literature and Art (1899) by Clarence Darrow (Little Blue Book #934)
Originally titled "Realism in art and literature"; reprinted from People's Pocket Series no. 183 (Girard, KS: Appeal to Reason, 1921).

The Book of Life: Mind and Body by Upton Sinclair (1922?). Also available via Google Books.

Twentieth Century Cook Book, an Up-to-date and Skillful Preparation on the Art of Cooking and Modern Candy Making Simplified: Also the Process of Drying Fruits and Vegetables, and Butchering Time Recipes by Florence Kling Harding, 1921

Powys, John Cowper. The Secret of Self Development. Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Company, 1926. London: Village Press, 1974. (Little Blue Book; no. 112)

Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell, 1929.

An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish: A Hilarious Catalogue of Organized and Individual Stupidity by Bertrand Russell, 1943. 26 pp.

Why Many Women Are Sexually Unattractive by J.W. Klapman, 1934. (Little Blue Book no. 1753).

"Diderot" by Havelock Ellis (Little Blue Book #229). Possibly the same essay published in:  

The New Spirit by Havelock Ellis (London: George Bell and Sons, 1890), pp. 34-67

Texts on CD-ROM:

Emmett Fields' Bank of Wisdom offers collections of freethought classics on CD-ROM, including several works by and publications of Haldeman-Julius. For a listing of works included, see the Bank of Wisdom Library.

Haldeman-Julius in news, reviews & commentary:

Dust by Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius, reviewed by A. S. Pier, The Atlantic Monthly (Making of America Project), July 1921, p. 12.

Dust by Mr. and Mrs. E. Haldeman-Julius, reviewed by H. E. F., The Arts, June-July 1921, p. 57.

"The Intellectual Squirrel-Cage" by H. L. Mencken, The Smart Set, vol. LVIII, no. 1, May 1922; III: A Socialist Publishing Venture, pp. 140-142.

"He Quits?", Time magazine, Monday, Jun. 08, 1925

Kansas, a Guide to the Sunflower State by Federal Writers' Project, Kansas, Writers' Program (U.S.). Published September 1939; reprinted by Hastings House (New York), 1949.

"The Press: The First 300 Million," Time magazine, Monday, Aug. 08, 1949

"Little Blue Books," Time magazine, Monday, Aug. 15, 1960

Friends of Historic Girard celebrate 20 years by Andrew Brosig
The Morning Sun (Pittsburgh, KS), Jun 08, 2008

Scholarly & introductory writings on Haldeman-Julius:

"Little Blue Books," St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture by Daniel Lindley

Palmer, W. P. (2006) "Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and the education of the poor of America" at the IPS-USA-2006 NEW YORK Conference, Harvard Club of New York (3 July to 6 July 2006) (Refereed) (Publication CD ROM- ISBN: 86-7466-117-3) 15 pp.

Schocket, Eric " Proletarian paperbacks: The little blue books and working-class culture". College Literature, Fall 2002. FindArticles.com. 09 Mar, 2009. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3709/is_200210/ai_n9136654

Hobos & Socialists: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius & the Little Blue Books by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

The Little Balkans Review Vol. 2, No. 2 (1982)

The Henry Ford of Literature by Rolf Potts
The Believer, September 2008. Abbreviated versions:

Mass Marketing of Culture for a Nickel a Book by Susan Brorson

Reading Little Blue Books and Libraries: A Guide to Self-Improvement by Oliver B. Pollak
Nebraska Library Association Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 1, Spring 2007, pp. 9-15

Haldeman-Julius: Is It Bragging if You Can Do It?
Presented by Sharon Neet, University of Minnesota, Crookston
Missouri Valley History Conference, March 2007

Little Blue Books, Produced by Jim Kelly (Sunflower Journeys, KTWU, Topeka, KS.): Transcript of interview with Gene DeGruson

E. Haldeman-Julius - Marketing Master
Michael Senoff, September 24, 2004

Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius, Kansas authors, Girard, Map of Kansas Literature

Marcet and Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (Kansas State Historical Society)

Little Blue Book Handlist

Big Blue Newsletter #1

Big Blue Newsletter #2

Big Blue Newsletter #3

Big Blue Newsletter #4

The Haldeman-Julius “Little Blue Books” as a Bibliographical Problem
Richard Colles Johnson & G. Thomas Tanselle
Big Blue Newsletter #5

Big Blue Newsletter #6

Audiovisual Media:

KRPS 89.9 interview with Randy Roberts, May 19, 2006 (Real Audio)

Selected Additional Bibliography:

Barrett-Fox, Jason. Feminism, Socialism, and Pragmatism in the Life of Marcet Haldeman-Julius, 1887-1941. MA thesis, American Studies, University of Kansas, 2008.

Barrett-Fox, Jason. “A Rhetorical Recovery: Self-Avowal and Self-Displacement in the Life, Fiction, and Nonfiction of Marcet Haldeman-Julius, 1921–1936,” Rhetoric Review, vol. 29, no. 1, 2010, pp. 14–30.

Di Leo, Jeffrey R. “Philosophy for the Masses: Haldeman-Julius, Durant, and The Story of Philosophy,” in Philosophy as World Literature, edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), pp. 261-277.

Gunn, John W. E. Haldeman-Julius: The Man and His Work. Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Co., 1924. (Little Blue Book; no. 678)

Haldeman-Julius, E. The First Hundred Million. New York: Arno Press, 1974 [c1928].

Haldeman-Julius, E. How to Become a Writer of Little Blue Books. (Little Blue Book #1366) Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Company, 1934(?). Another version of LBB #1366 was authored by Lloyd Smith.

Haldeman-Julius, E. My Second 25 Years; Instead of a footnote An Autobiography. Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Company, 1949.

Haldeman-Julius, E. The World of Haldeman-Julius, with a foreword by Harry Golden, compiled by Albert Mordell. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1960.

Haldeman-Julius, Marcet. What the Editor's Wife Is Thinking About. Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Co., 1924. (Little Blue Book; no. 809)

Herder, Dale M. "Haldeman-Julius, The Little Blue Books, and the Theory of Popular Culture", Journal of Popular Culture, vol. IV, no. 4, Spring 1971, pp. 881-891.

Herder, Dale M. "The Little Blue Books as Popular Culture: E. Haldeman-Julius' Methodology," in: New Dimensions in Popular Culture, ed. Russel B. Nye (Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1972), pp. 31-42.

Palmer, William P. Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and the education of the poor of America (2006)  at the IPS-USA-2006 New York Conference, Harvard Club of New York (3 July to 6 July 2006) (Refereed) (Publication CD –ROM- ISBN: 86-7466-117-3).

Palmer, Dr. William P. "Moving to an Extreme: E. Haldeman-Julius and His Little Blue Books," International Journal of the Book, Volume 1, 2006.

Ryan, William F. “Bertrand Russell and Haldeman-Julius: Making Readers Rational,Russell, nos. 29-32 (original series, 1978), pp. 53-64.

Scott, Mark. 1978. "The Little Blue Books in the War on Bigotry and Bunk," Kansas History, vol. 1, no. 3, Autumn 1978, pp. 155-76.

Smith, Lloyd E. How to Write Little Blue Books. (Little Blue Book #1366) Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Company, 1929.

Tanis, Norman E.; Tanis, Lenore Anderson. Three Hundred Million Books: The Building of a Special Collection. Berkeley, CA: Tamalpais Press, 1974.

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