Green Circle Books

I have a book by Charles Grayson: The Show Case, 1936.


A book review exists in the Sunday edition of the New York Times June 28, 1936:

“Readers who are perennially interested in the parties, wire pulling, and scandals of film city will find The Show Case revelations satisfactory.”

Charles Grayson had already written another Hollywood novel called Spotlight Madness (Horace Liveright, New York, 1931). In the thirties, a lot of small publishers capitalized on Hollywood. The publisher Green Circle books was an imprint or trade name used by a publisher, The Macaulay Company, headed by then president-treasurer Lee Furman who also used his own imprint Lee Furman Inc.

Green Circle Books published mainly romance, mystery and westerns novels. Lee Furman was sometimes the claimant of the copyright on the books he published. If on the 28th year after the year the book was published or 1964, no renewal was recorded, then this book is in the public domain.

For books copyrighted before 1978, you have to search through the renewal records.

But lo and behold, Charles Grayson renewed the copyright in 1964.
So, I’m guessing the copyright right page states 1936 held by Charles Grayson and not the publisher. I don’t believe Lee Furman renewed many of his copyrights.

There should be no edition in The Showcase stated.

Since the book was renewed in 1964, it means that the book does not fall into public domain until 2031. (1936 + 95 years)

However, the book will eventually be made available soon online for ereaders. The book was digitized by Google on October 12, 2007 from a copy held at the University of California library.

I would guess that the book is an “orphan” book. An orphan book is one that is out of print and is still under copyright, but the author (died 1973), publisher, or the holders of the transferred copyright rights cannot be located or determined. Google will make the book available for purchase unless the copyright holder comes forth and requests to “turn it off”.

As of August 5th 2010, Grayson’s other earlier book Spotlight Madness is listed in Abebooks for $95. Other obscure books by Green Circle Books in great condition top out at around $300.

Macaulay Publishers didn’t last much past the 1930’s and was sold to Citadel Press. The last major book published by Macaulay was Detour by Martin M Goldsmith in 1939.

Detour was made into a film noir classic in 1945.

Citadel Press was sold to the Lyle Stuart Company then to the Carol Publishing Group which was then sold to the Kensington Publishing Corporation and is still an imprint of the Kensington publishing company. Kensington Publishing Corp is an independent U.S. publisher of hardcover, trade, and mass paperback books.

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