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Hardboiled America: Lurid Paperbacks and the Masters of Noir

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Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Jim Thompson, David Goodis … these are a few of the masters of noir responsible for the great lurid paperbacks of the thirties, forties, and fifties. With titles like The Big Sleep, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, and Street of the Lost, with racy cover lines like "My gun-butt smashed his skull!" and "Ruthless terror ripped away the mask that hid cold fear," and with some of the most extraordinary cover illustrations ever to grace American literature, these paperbacks held the ingredients of American nightmares. In Harboiled America—lavishly illustrated with 135 paperback covers, and expanded with new material on Thompson, Goodis, and others—Geoffrey O'Brien masterfully explores the art, history, and ideas of the American paperback.

Synopsis:

"Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Jim Thompson, David Goodis … these are a few of the masters of noir responsible for the great lurid paperbacks of the thirties, fort"

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-191) and index.

About the Author

Geoffrey O'Brien is the author of Floating City: Selected Poems 1978-1995, The Phantom Empire, Dream Time, and other books. Executive editor of The Library of America, he also edited The Reader's Catalog.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306807732
Author:
O'Brien, Geoffrey
Publisher:
Da Capo
Author:
O'Brien, Geoffrey
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Bibliographies & Indexes
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Illustration of books
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Realism in literature
Subject:
Popular literature
Subject:
Paperbacks
Subject:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
104-732
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14.1 oz

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