By Paula Rabinowitz
"There is actual desire for a tradition that makes it as effortless to shop for a publication 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 vast unique examine, Paula Rabinowitz reveals the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic effect of the pulps among the past due Thirties and early 1960s.
Published in titanic numbers of titles, on hand far and wide, and infrequently promoting within the thousands, pulps have been throwaway gadgets obtainable to somebody 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 variety with delivers of leisure, enlightenment, and titillation. targeting very important episodes in pulp background, Rabinowitz seems on the wide-ranging results of unfastened paperbacks dispensed to global battle II servicemen and girls; how pulps caused vital censorship and primary modification instances; how a few homosexual girls learn pulp lesbian novels as how-to-dress manuals; the not going 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 kind; and masses extra. studying 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 background, American Pulp will swap the best way we glance at those ephemeral but enduringly exciting books.
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