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"Focusing on very important episodes in pulp heritage, Rabinowitz appears to be like on the wide-ranging results of loose paperbacks allotted to global battle II servicemen and ladies; how pulps triggered vital censorship and primary modification instances; how a few homosexual ladies 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

"American Pulp tells the tale of the midcentury golden age of pulp paperbacks and the way they introduced modernism to major road, democratized literature and concepts, spurred social mobility, and helped readers model new identities. Drawing on large unique study, Paula Rabinowitz finds the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic impression of the pulps among the past due Thirties and early 1960s."--Provided through publisher. Read more...

summary: "Focusing on very important episodes in pulp background, Rabinowitz appears on the wide-ranging results of unfastened paperbacks dispensed to international conflict II servicemen and girls; how pulps caused vital censorship and primary modification instances; how a few homosexual ladies 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 variety; 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"--Publisher description.

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The books acquire value, a secret value, not for “their usefulness,” as Benjamin notes, but “as the scene, the stage, of their fate,” which is to evaporate. A collection is always disappearing, even as it grows. It recedes into its owner’s past, and foretells her passing. Its very density cannot hold off decay; it’s already a memory in the making, holding a perverse appeal akin to that recounted by Henry James in The Aspern Papers. In addition to the leftovers from my parents’ bedside tables, my collection includes the cheapest edition of this or that novel, those traded while hitchhiking across Europe or Brazil, and, more recently, my scholarly study of censorship and women’s pulp fiction.

To help understand the place of paperbacks in this complex exchange, American Pulp considers them as a form of secondhand modernism that through their sheer excess—­the flashy covers, the millions of copies—­and even through their criminalization, allowed readers access to the modern. Kin to the penny dreadfuls and dime novels of the nineteenth century, pulp fiction became popular in the 1920s and 1930s mass-­ marketed magazines devoted to crime, passion, and science: True Love, Amazing Stories, Black Mask.

Small enough to be tucked into a breast pocket or handbag and read at a lunch counter or on the streetcar, the more risqué and daring books could be hidden and read late into the night. They are portable tokens of the public and mass experience of the movie theater but meant to be savored alone. These are novels of escape, escapist literature, where rebellious daughters attend art school or sing in nightclubs, running from their conventional middle-­class homes only to discover that their dreary stay-­at-­home mothers also harbor secret knowledge and secret desires for escape.

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