The Classic Era of American Pulp Magazines

The Classic Era of American Pulp Magazines

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This volume displays the art of all types of pulp magazines hot and spicy, sexual sadism, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. The text and color illustrations reveal how the period between World Wars I and II was a time when romance and fantasy held extraordinary appeal for young Americans. Author Peter Haining (formerly a newspaper reporter, journalist, and editorial director) also shows how the rise of the pulps came along with movies and radio and fostered the talents of some of the greatest popular writers of the century, particularly in the genres of science fiction and hard-boiled crime. Oversize: 9.25x11.5. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Independent Publishing Group
The period between the World Wars—the era of sexual liberation, Prohibition, the rise of organized crime, and the Great Depression—was also the classic era of American pulp magazines, the subject of this fascinating volume. Pulps, with their lurid color covers depicting the thrills of sex and violence, and with stories to match inside, fuelled America’s dreams—and nightmares. For a few cents they offered everything young men wanted: sex, action, adventure. But they also fostered the talents of some of the greatest popular writers of the century—Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, and Dashiell Hammett, among others—and virtually invented the genres of science fiction and hard-boiled crime. From the cheap thrills of the “hot” and “spicy” pulps and the sexual sadism of the “shudder” pulps to the weird worlds of the fantasy, sci-fi, and horror pulps, this book displays their art and tells their history, capturing the original magazines in all their sleazy, sensational glory.


Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 2001, c2000
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781556523892
1556523890
Branch Call Number: 051 HAI
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm

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