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Finding Aid for the Robert Bellem Papers, 1931-1968
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Description
Bellem (1902-1968)was born in Philadelphia. He worked as a journalist for 15 years in Philadelphia, Miami, Albuquerque and California. Bellem sold his first detective story to Argosy in 1925. He began writing for Spicy Detective Stories in 1934. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Anthony Gordon, Franklin Charles, John Grange, and John A. Saxon. Bellem later wrote television screenplays. The collection consists of short stories, novels, movie scenarios, radio scripts, and television plays written by Bellem.
Background
Bellem was born in Philadelphia in 1902; worked as a journalist for 15 years in Philadelphia, Miami, Albuquerque, and Pasadena, California; sold first detective story to Argosy in 1925; while in Pasadena, was a radio announcer for KPSN, a movie extra for Universal, and also worked on the advertising staff of the Pasadena Star-News; met publisher Frank Armer, 1933, and began writing for his Spicy Detective Stories the following year; by 1936 Bellem was writing and selling over a million words annually; also wrote under the pseudonyms Anthony Gordon, Franklin Charles, John Grange, and John A. Saxon; later wrote television screenplays; died in 1968.
Extent
23 boxes (12.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
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Availability
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