Green Circle books was an imprint or trade name used by a publisher. The imprint was used by The Macaulay Company mostly during the mid 1930’s. The Macaulay Company was 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. The publisher, Lee Furman, was sometimes the claimant of the copyright on the books he published. I don’t believe Lee Furman renewed many of his copyrights.
I have a book published by Green Circle titled The Show Case, 1936, by Charles Grayson.
See that little green circle on the bottom of the book cover’s spine above?
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 stories.
When can you check out a digitized copy of the book?
Check out my post Copyright Expiration for Old Books.
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.
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. Citadel Press is still today an imprint of the Kensington publishing company. Kensington Publishing Corp is an independent U.S. publisher of hardcover, trade, and mass paperback books.