By Paula Rabinowitz
"There is actual desire 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 large unique examine, Paula Rabinowitz reveals the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic effect of the pulps among the overdue Thirties and early 1960s.
Published in huge numbers of titles, on hand all over the place, and infrequently promoting within the hundreds of thousands, pulps have been throwaway items available to an individual with 1 / 4. Conventionally linked to romance, crime, and technological know-how fiction, the pulps in reality 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 variety with supplies of leisure, enlightenment, and titillation. targeting very important episodes in pulp heritage, Rabinowitz appears on the wide-ranging results of unfastened paperbacks allotted to international struggle II servicemen and girls; how pulps triggered very important censorship and primary modification circumstances; how a few homosexual girls learn pulp lesbian novels as how-to-dress manuals; the not likely visual appeal in pulp technology fiction of early representations of the Holocaust; how writers and artists appropriated pulp as a literary and visible kind; and lots more and plenty 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 attention-grabbing cultural background, American Pulp will swap the way in which we glance at those ephemeral but enduringly fascinating books.
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American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street by Paula Rabinowitz