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A legacy of 400 pulp porno novels: Chris Offutt's revealing 'My Father, the Pornographer'

A legacy of 400 pulp porno novels: Chris Offutt's revealing 'My Father, the Pornographer'

Chris Offutt places his literary beginning at age 9, when his father gave him his worn copy of "Treasure Island." But his powerful, gracefully written memoir "My Father, the Pornographer" shows that it was something he was born into.

Offutt's father, Andrew Jefferson Offutt V, published approximately 400 pornographic pulp novels (plus six science-fiction books, a thriller and 24 fantasy novels) under 18 pseudonyms. He often churned out a book a month, with titles like "The Sexorcist," "Diana's Dirty Doings" and "The Girl in the Iron Mask" (Vols. 1-8). His wife, Chris' mother, typed every one.

When his father died in 2013, Chris...

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