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American Pulp There Is Real Hope For A Culture That Makes It As Easy To Buy A Book As It Does A Pack Of Cigarettes A Civic Leader Quoted In A New American Library Ad 1951 American Pulp Tells The Story Of The Midcentury Golden Age Of Pulp Paperbacks And How They Brought Modernism To Main Street, Democratized Literature And Ideas, Spurred Social Mobility, And Helped Readers Fashion New Identities Drawing On Extensive Original Research, Paula Rabinowitz Unearths The Far Reaching Political, Social, And Aesthetic Impact Of The Pulps Between The Late 1930s And Early 1960s.Published In Vast Numbers Of Titles, Available Everywhere, And Sometimes Selling In The Millions, Pulps Were Throwaway Objects Accessible To Anyone With A Quarter Conventionally Associated With Romance, Crime, And Science Fiction, The Pulps In Fact Came In Every Genre And Subject American Pulp Tells How These Books Ingeniously Repackaged Highbrow Fiction And Nonfiction For A Mass Audience, Drawing In Readers Of Every Kind With Promises Of Entertainment, Enlightenment, And Titillation Focusing On Important Episodes In Pulp History, Rabinowitz Looks At The Wide Ranging Effects Of Free Paperbacks Distributed To World War II Servicemen And Women How Pulps Prompted Important Censorship And First Amendment Cases How Some Gay Women Read Pulp Lesbian Novels As How To Dress Manuals The Unlikely Appearance In Pulp Science Fiction Of Early Representations Of The Holocaust How Writers And Artists Appropriated Pulp As A Literary And Visual Style And Much Examining Their Often Lurid Packaging As Well As Their Content, American Pulp Is Richly Illustrated With Reproductions Of Dozens Of Pulp Paperback Covers, Many In Color.A Fascinating Cultural History, American Pulp Will Change The Way We Look At These Ephemeral Yet Enduringly Intriguing Books.Some Images Inside The Book Are Unavailable Due To Digital Copyright Restrictions.


10 thoughts on “American Pulp

  1. says:

    Although dense and detailed, I was disappointed with this cultural history The main point of the book the subtitle how paperbacks brought modernism to main street is basically proved in a couple of pages and...


  2. says:

    The subject of this book is fascinating.Unfortunately, the book reads like a collection of lectures and is rambling and unfocused There are bits and pieces of useful information scattered among what amounts to long winded speeches The e book edition Nook was also a disappointment Everything is in black and white, and if one is to get the proper feel of what old, original paperbacks looked like, then you need to see them as they were in color.I was disappointed in the book, though I will praise...


  3. says:

    If you love mid 20th century paperbacks, then this book is for you I have a longer review contained on my bookblog


  4. says:

    Ah, the lowly paperback It has had a powerful impact on American culture Author Paul Rabinowitz delineates the role it has played since first appearing for sale on American newsstands, drugstores, and coffee shops in the 1930 s Her book, American Pulp How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street, examines the often overlooked influence that the cheap, pocket sized books had on every phase of American culture.The word pulp usually often connotes prurient, escapist literature featuring unsavory characters who live outside the moral norms ostensibly espoused by the rest of society Rabinowitz broadens the definition, however For her, pulp defines the character of the medium shoddily bound coarse paper volumes that degrade quickly.According to Rabinowitz, pulp has influenced every facet of American culture from civil rights to the feminist revolution It set the stage for the sexual revolution of the mid twentieth century The paperback, than any other medium, carried Modernist thinking, or Modernism...


  5. says:

    Another academic thesis that should not have become a book Books about books, reading, bookstores, etc are always fun for me to read This sounded like a fantastic read about how the lowly paperback helped democratize information In light of the recent discussions and arguments about fake news and alternative facts and other similar ideas the book sounded like this would be especially topical on how information can be distributed to the wider masses Unfortunately and perhaps as usual , my expectations were not met The author has some interesting points to make on the story of how the paperback was cheaply and massively produced to increase the reach of the book But the thesis is simply lost in overly wordy sentences, digressions or discussions about specific books The text desperately needed much better editing There is a really fascinating topic to discuss From the content of the books, to the designs, the covers, to the concept of the books themselves cheap books that were not meant to last , there was a lot of ground to cover But it s clear the author somehow got what appears to be a first draft past an edit...


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    I wish I would have given up on this book It lacks focus and editing Rabinowitz is a frustrating writer, whose ideas are vague and who failed my first rule as a critic or historian and that is to make me want to read This book actually makes me not want to read pulp She goes on long digressions and often adds irrelevant details She also repeats herself often She adds incredible amounts of details that simply bog down the book I agree with her points when she has one but often she doesn t Take for instance the last chapter on censorship She gives a long, overly detailed account of all the censorship trials in which she will tell all about what the judges and lawyers thought or wrote about pulp She will then juxtapose this with memos from the editors of the pulps regarding these trails And that s it For 35 pages Outside of her analysis of Borg...


  7. says:

    American Pulp is a super resource for information on vintage paperbacks, with a solid chapter on lesbian pulp fiction I originally put the book on hold at my local library in hopes of finding out about Sloane Britain real name Elaine Williams Unfortunately though this is by no means the author s fault since no one seems to know much about the very talented pulp fiction writer whose style was elegant, sincere and deeply heartfelt there is no mention of Williams or her pseudonym Sloane Britain s These Curious Pleasures and 1st Person Third Sex are must reads for lesbian pulp fiction fans.Apparently a very private person, Elaine Williams worked as an editor for Midwood Tower Books in the 1960s Her pulp fiction sometimes had rare happy endings, but towards the end of her young life her tales took a sadder, darker turn I mention this because I wish was known about her and wonder why she isn t as well known as, say, Ann Bannon Paula Rabinowit...


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    There is real hope for a culture that makes it as easy to buy a book as it does a pack of cigarettes a civic leader quoted in a New American Library ad 1951 American Pulp makes a persuasive argument for enduring yet overlooked pop artifacts a physical media declared dead every few months ironic that I read an ebook version As a scholarly work it can make for dry or heavy reading, though it s well researched and contains a number of book covers and photos to give examples to the reader Its analysis is impressive, showing keen insight and an attention to details which may otherwise have slipped through the cracks of history Rabinowitz writes with authoritative power, backed up by the human element of personal interest in the preface, she relates that American Pul...


  9. says:

    This well researched and detailed exploration of American pulp publishing is both enlightening and thought provoking The author examines how the expansion of paperback publishing made a wide range of reading matter available to an increasingly large and varied audience, and although much of it was what we generally understand to be pulp fiction some of it was highbrow fiction repackaged to seem accessible to a general readership.This literary and cultural history will be of interest to many, but for me it was spoilt by a lot of academic jargon...


  10. says:

    Although Rabinowitz s central argument is a very interesting one, her method of organizing that argument and then expanding on it leaves her overall trajectory fairly muddled.


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