Hardboiled America: the lurid years of paperbacks

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Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981 - Literary Criticism - 144 pages
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Looks at the mass market paperbacks of the forties and fifties, shows the lurid covers commonly used, and discusses the most popular writers of the period

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

I am of two minds about this book. When O'Brien is talking about specific authors, his insights are often right on target. More than once he stated something that I have thought myself, such as that ... Read full review

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User Review  - wdlaurie - LibraryThing

This book gave a good overview of the history and trends in pulp fiction. I'm a graphic designer and collector of Dell Mapbacks, and I really enjoyed this book. The only drawback is that the lovely ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
4
Origins of the Paperbacks
33
A Disposable Gallery
46
Copyright

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