By Paula Rabinowitz
"There is actual wish for a tradition that makes it as effortless to shop for a ebook 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 huge unique learn, Paula Rabinowitz reveals the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic impression of the pulps among the overdue Thirties and early 1960s.
Published in enormous numbers of titles, to be had far and wide, and occasionally promoting within the thousands, pulps have been throwaway items obtainable to a person with 1 / 4. Conventionally linked to romance, crime, and technological know-how fiction, the pulps in truth 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 sort with gives you of leisure, enlightenment, and titillation. concentrating on vital episodes in pulp heritage, Rabinowitz seems on the wide-ranging results of loose paperbacks allotted to global conflict II servicemen and girls; how pulps brought on 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 sort; and masses extra. interpreting 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 heritage, American Pulp will swap the best way we glance at those ephemeral but enduringly exciting books.
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