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Author O'Brien, Geoffrey, 1948-

Title Hardboiled America : lurid paperbacks and the masters of noir / Geoffrey O'Brien.

Published New York : Da Capo Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  Q35367    DUE 09-12-19
Edition Expanded ed., 1st Da Capo Press ed.
Physical description 197 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-191) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Icons on Yellow Paper -- Ch. 2. Origins of the Paperbacks -- Ch. 3. A Disposable Gallery -- Ch. 4. Mythologists of the Hardboiled -- Ch. 5. The Paperback Detective and His Discontent -- Ch. 6. Afternoon of the Fifties -- Epilogue: The Long Morning After -- Appendix. The Hardboiled Era: A Checklist, 1920-1960.
Summary 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 Hardboiled 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.
Subject American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Popular literature -- United States -- History and criticism.
Illustration of books -- United States -- 20th century.
American fiction -- 20th century -- Illustrations.
Paperbacks -- Publishing -- United States -- History.
Realism in literature.
ISBN 0306807734 (alk. paper)