By Paula Rabinowitz
"There is genuine wish for a tradition that makes it as effortless to shop for a booklet because it does a pack of cigarettes."—a civic chief quoted in a brand new American Library advert (1951)
American Pulp tells the tale of the midcentury golden age of pulp paperbacks and the way they introduced modernism to major highway, democratized literature and concepts, spurred social mobility, and helped readers model new identities. Drawing on broad unique examine, Paula Rabinowitz reveals the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic influence of the pulps among the overdue Nineteen Thirties and early 1960s.
Published in tremendous numbers of titles, on hand in all places, and occasionally promoting within the hundreds of thousands, pulps have been throwaway items available to someone with 1 / 4. Conventionally linked to romance, crime, and technology fiction, the pulps actually got here in each style and topic. American Pulp tells how those books ingeniously repackaged intellectual fiction and nonfiction for a mass viewers, drawing in readers of each style with provides of leisure, enlightenment, and titillation. targeting vital episodes in pulp historical past, Rabinowitz appears on the wide-ranging results of loose paperbacks disbursed to international conflict II servicemen and ladies; how pulps triggered vital censorship and primary modification circumstances; how a few homosexual ladies learn pulp lesbian novels as how-to-dress manuals; the not likely visual appeal in pulp technological know-how fiction of early representations of the Holocaust; how writers and artists appropriated pulp as a literary and visible variety; and lots more and plenty extra. reading their often-lurid packaging in addition to their content material, American Pulp is richly illustrated with reproductions of dozens of pulp paperback covers, many in color.
A interesting cultural historical past, American Pulp will switch the way in which we glance at those ephemeral but enduringly interesting books.
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American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street by Paula Rabinowitz