Iceberg Slim Books, 1969-1977

BECK, Robert. ("Iceberg Slim," 1918-1992). A group of novels and memoirs by former pimp and author Iceberg Slim, comprising: Pimp: The Story of My Life. 1969. -- Trick Baby: The Story of a White Negro. 1969.-- The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim. 1971. FIRST PRINTING. -- The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim. 1971. -- Mama Black Widow. 1969. -- Death Wish. 1977. -- Together, 7 works in 7 volumes, 2 copies each of Trick Baby and The Naked Soul, small 8vo, all published in Los Angeles by Holloway House, all in publisher's bindings, condition generally fine. 

According to Beck's memoir Pimp, he began pimping at age 18 and continued until he was 42. After spending some time in prison, he retired from sex work and was later encouraged by his partner to novelize his life story. He published Pimp in 1967, giving many of the characters pseudonyms in an effort to "not snitch." Following the success of Pimp, he published an autobiography and novels, selling over six million books. 

All published by Holloway House in Los Angeles. Founded by Bentley Morris and Ralph Weinstock in the 1950s, they originally published Playboy-style magazines and pulp fiction. In the late 1960s, however, they became a center of the developing Black literary underground, epitomized by Iceberg Slim. 


Front board on Pimp starting; some occasional creasing to boards, mostly on Death Wish.

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