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Hardboiled America : Lurid Paperbacks And The Masters Of Noir - Geoffrey O'Brien

Hardboiled America

Lurid Paperbacks And The Masters Of Noir

Paperback Published: 1st April 1997
ISBN: 9780306807732
Number Of Pages: 214

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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.

Preface to the First Editionp. 1
Preface to the Second Editionp. 5
Icons on Yellow Paperp. 7
Origins of the Paperbacksp. 19
A Disposable Galleryp. 35
Mythologists of the Hardboiledp. 61
The Paperback Detective and His Discontentp. 101
Afternoon of the Fiftiesp. 139
Epilogue: The Long Morning Afterp. 171
The Hardboiled Era: A Checklist, 1920-1960p. 177
Selected Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 193
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780306807732
ISBN-10: 0306807734
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 1st April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.06  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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