Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw (1874–1952) was the editor of magazine from 1926 to 1936. Prior to becoming Black Mask Black Mask editor, Shaw had worked as a newspaper reporter and as a soldier in World War I, attaining the rank of captain (Shaw's friends gave him the nickname "Cap"). Shaw was also a professional [1 ] fencer, and even won an Olympic medal for his fencing ability. [1 ] Under his editorship, [2 ] Black Mask published many works of crime fiction now recognised as classics of the genre, by authors such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Erle Stanley Gardner. [2 ] [3 ] [4 ]
Chandler greatly admired Shaw's ability to encourage
Black Mask writers, claiming in a letter, "We wrote better for him than we could have written for anybody else". [1 ]
Black Mask's critical and commercial popularity, Shaw was eventually fired from the magazine. Shaw then worked as a literary agent, though without notable success. He died in [5 ] Manhattan aged 77. [1 ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d Danger is My Business: an illustrated history of the Fabulous Pulp Magazines by Lee Server. Chronicle Books, 1993, ISBN 0-8118-0355-4 (pp. 68-70).
^ a b Hired Pens : Professional Writers in America's Golden Age of print by Ronald Weber. Ohio University Press, 1997 ISBN 0-8214-1204-3 (p. 98)
^ Black Mask magazine
^ "Pulps" by Robert Sampson, in Encyclopedia Mysteriosa , edited by William L. DeAndrea. MacMillan, 1994, ISBN 0-02-861678-2 (p.287-9)
^ Selected Letters of , Frank MacShane, ed., Columba University Press, 1981, Raymond Chandler ISBN 0-231-05080-1 (pp. 5-8).