By Paula Rabinowitz
"There is actual wish 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 huge unique examine, Paula Rabinowitz reveals the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic influence of the pulps among the past due Nineteen Thirties and early 1960s.
Published in immense numbers of titles, to be had all over, 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 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 offers of leisure, enlightenment, and titillation. concentrating on vital episodes in pulp background, Rabinowitz appears to be like on the wide-ranging results of unfastened paperbacks disbursed to global struggle II servicemen and girls; how pulps triggered very important 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. analyzing 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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American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street by Paula Rabinowitz