Books About Guiding Light

I hope to ultimately have a complete list of books about Guiding Light both fake and real. I’ve been collecting books about Guiding Light & look for at the list now and a description of each title later. The list is incomplete so far. I also have a couple of thesises to list eventually.

Real Books

Informational Books

Find here both book just about Guiding Light and books about soap operas that have a substantial Guiding Light section.

Allen, Robert Clyde. Speaking of Soap Operas. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1985.

Copeland, Mary Ann (Contributing Author). Soap Opera History.  n.p.: Publications International LTD, 1991. ISBN 0-88176-933-9
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/more-guiding-light-books

Cox, Jim. The A to Z of American Radio Soap Operas. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009. Print. ISBN 978-0-8108-6833-5
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/irna-phillipss-shows
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/gl-bumpy-radio-road

Genovese, John Kelly, Mark Guncheon, Ellen Howard, and Frank Lovece. Soap Opera Trivia. New York: Beekman House, 1985.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/book-soap-opera-trivia-by-editors-of-consumer-guide

Gilbert, Annie. All My Afternoons. New York: A& W Visual Library, 1979. ISBN 0-89104-099-4
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/more-guiding-light-books

Groves, Seli.  The Ultimate Soap Opera Guide. New York: Visible Ink Press, 1995 .ISBN 0787605085
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/more-guiding-light-books

LaGuardia, Robert. Soap World. New York : Arbor House, 1983.

Hobson, Dorothy. Soap Opera. Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2003.

LaGuardia, Robert. From Ma Perkins to Mary Hartman: The Illustrated History of Soap Operas. New York: Ballantine, 1997.

Meyers, Richard. The Illustrated Soap Opera Companion. New York: Drake Publishers, 1977. ISBN 0847314510.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/another-2-informational-books

Museum of Television and Radio. Worlds Without End:  The Art and History of The Soap Opera. New York : H.N. Abrams, 1997.

Nochimson, Martha. No End to Her: Soap Opera and the Female Subject. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992.

O’Dell, Cary. Women Pioneers in Television: Biographies of Fifteen Industry Leaders. Jefferson, North Caroline: McFarland and Company, 1997.  ISBN 978-0-7864-40740

Okun, Milton (Ed.). Love on the Air. Port Chester, NY: Cherry Lane Music, 1993. ISBN 0-89524-807-7  Note: Sheet Music Song Book Distributed by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/love-on-the-air

Poll, Julie and Caelie M. Haines. Guiding light: the complete family album. Los Angeles: General Pub. Group, 1997. ISBN 1-57544-006-7

Schemering, Christopher. Guiding Light: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986. ISBN 9780345339317

 Soaps: The History Part One. n.p. :Afternoon TV, 1984.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/more-guiding-light-books

Vine, Dorothy. As The Wonderful World of Daytime Soap Operas Turns. [Philadelphia] : Xlibris, 2007.

Wallis, Charles L  [ed.] Poems of Edwin Markham. New York : Harper, 1950. [Note: Includes full text of “Credo”, “there is a destiny that…”]

Williams, Carol Traynor. “It’s Time for My Story”: Soap Opera Sources, Structure, and Response. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1992. ISBN 027594297X
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/another-2-informational-books

And for a list of soap biographies, read this list:
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2011/12/lifestories.html

Novelizations

List of the Soaps and Serials in number order.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/more-on-guiding-light-books

Background of Soaps and Serials paperbacks:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/guiding-light-paperbacks

Aimes, Angelica. Rush to Love. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986. ISBN 0916271051 Soaps and Serials No. 5
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/guiding-light-paperbacks

Aimes, Angelica. So Tender, So True. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986. ISBN0916217019 Soaps and Serials

No. 1
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/so-tender-so-true

Aimes, Angelica. Whispered Secrets, Hidden Hearts. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986.  Soaps and Serials

No. 3

Bennett, Kacia. Choices. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987.  Soaps and Serials No. 14

Bennett, Kacia. Love’s Fragile Web. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987.  Soaps and Serials No. 13

Chamberlain, Beth. Lorelei’s Guiding Light An Intimate Diary. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2002.

Creed, Marlene. Playing With Fire. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987. ISBN 0916217094 Soaps and Serials No. 9
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/guiding-light-paperbacks

Creed, Marlene. Restless Hearts. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986.  Soaps and Serials No. 8

Creed, Marlene. Swept Away. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987. ISBN 0916217108 Soaps and Serials No. 10
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/guiding-light-paperbacks

Creed, Marlene. Tender Loving Care. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987.  Soaps and Serials No. 12

Evans, Francesca. Two Lives, Two Loves. Great Neck, New York: Pioneer Communications Network, 1984. Print. No. 2 ISBN 0916217027
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/two-loves-two-lives

Kerrigan, Kate Lowe. Secret Passions. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986.  Soaps and Serials No. 6

Kerrigan, Kate Lowe. That Special Feeling. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986.  Soaps and Serials No. 7

London, Julia and Alina Adams. Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story. New York: Pocket Books, 2007.  ISBN 9781416559023.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/guiding-light-jonathans-story

McDonnell, Virginia. Hidden Fears. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987. ISBN 0916217116 Soaps and Serials No. 11
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/guiding-light-paperbacks

Nixon, Agnes. The Guiding Light, 1967.

Ruthlege, Dr. John (fictional character credited with work). The Guiding Light. Chicago : Guiding light pub. Co., 1938.

She’s a Marvel Comic included as a bonus in all Marvel comics released between Nov. 1-8, 2006.
http://marvel.com/digital_comics/issue/13412/guiding_light_2009_1

Webb, Jean Francis. Revenge of the Heart. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986.  Soaps and Serials No. 4

Zimmermann, Ed. Love in the Afternoon. New York: Pocket Books, 1973. Originally published Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1971. SSN 671-77562-6 LC 70-142482
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/love-in-the-afternoon-by-ed-zimmermann

We Love Soaps has put together a list of top soap opera actor biographies.
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2011/12/lifestories.html

Literary Allusions

Fictional books that make a reference to watching Guiding Light or Guiding Light characters.

Dodd, Christina. Tongue in chic. New York: Signet, 2007. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0-7394-7955-1 pp. 163-170
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/book-tongue-in-chic

Fake Books

The following books appeared in Springfield on air, but only exist there.

The Pirate’s Woman – A romance novel
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/the-pirates-woman

Blake Marler’s Novels One True Love and Hearts Alone
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/blake-marler-book-update-2015

The Novels of Phillip Granville Spaulding
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/the-novels-of-phillip-spaulding

“Prom Night” – A short story by Phillip Granville Spaulding
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/phillip-writes-prom-night/

Phillip Spaulding’s Fake Fake books from Harley’s Fantasy
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/phillips-fake-harley-books

Phillip Spaulding’s biography of Lujack
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/phillips-biography-of-lujack

Henry Bradshaw “Coop” Cooper Stories From Jenna
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/stories-from-jenna

The Young and the Restless Fake Books
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/fake-books-on-the-young-and-the-restless-2014-update-2/

Last updated: February 4, 2015

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9 Responses to “Books About Guiding Light”

  1. More Guiding Light Books « Glmanny's Blog Says:

    […] https://glmanny.wordpress.com/books-about-guiding-light Schemering, Christopher. Guiding Light: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986. ISBN 9780345339317 This is an excellent book. I do have it in my collection, but somehow overlooked it when I made my list. (This is my comment, but the comments in the rest of the post are Blosslovers.) […]

  2. More on Guiding Light Books « Glmanny's Blog Says:

    […] a list of the Guiding Light books I’ve collected so far. https://glmanny.wordpress.com/books-about-guiding-light List of Guiding Light […]

  3. Another 2 Informational Books « Glmanny's Blog Says:

    […] Find more informational books about Guiding Light here: https://glmanny.wordpress.com/books-about-guiding-light […]

  4. Biographies of Soap Stars « Glmanny's Blog Says:

    […] One of my areas where I collect information on what soap books are available. Here’s my list so far (of mostly Guiding Light books): https://glmanny.wordpress.com/books-about-guiding-light […]

  5. DakotaCelt Says:

    I can think of a few more… impressive list

  6. Patti Says:

    Do you have “Love in the Afternoon” by Ed Zimmermann on your list? My apologies if you do and I missed it. Ed played Dr.Joe Werner on The Guiding Light from 1967 until 1972 when he suddenly and tragically died of a heart attack in York, Maine. He was there appearing in the play “Who Killed Santa Claus” starring Arlene Francis. The play may have been headed for Broadway.

    The novel is excellent and although written some time ago it still stands up today as relevant and entertaining,

    So sad Ed passing on. We all lost a good actor and a good writer as well. I think his book would be enjoyed by everyone.

    It is available at times on ebay, Amazon.com, and other booksellers.

    • glmanny Says:

      We’re always glad of suggestions even if we already have them. It means people are really soap books and that’s always a good thing. Old books are most certainly welcome. Is “Love in the Afternoon” a novelization of his time on “Guiding Light”?

  7. patti Says:

    yes it is based on his time on the show. it is the kind of book that after you are done reading it, you want to read more. think of all his good performances and writing he could have done—so sad. at least he left some work behind people can enjoy. patti

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