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Over My Dead Body: The Sensational Age of the American Paperpack 1945-1955

Server, Lee

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ISBN 10: 0811805506 / ISBN 13: 9780811805506
Published by Chronicle Books Llc, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 1994
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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-----The scan you see is the book you get. Large soft cover/trade, french flaps clipped, 108 pages, tight square and clean, flat uncreased spine, no names. "The twenty-five-cent paperbacks of the late 40's and early 50's led readers on a raucous dive through America's dark & sleazy world of drugs, sex, & violince. Over My Dead Body by Leed Server, author of Danger Is My Business: An Illustrated History of the Fabulous Pulp Magazines: 1896-1953, takes us back in time to rediscover this wonderfully lurid era of American pop fiction. Complete with over 100 colorful photographs of rare covers, plus tips on how to collect vintage paperbacks, Over My dead Body is not only a great read, but also a useful resource for collectors & lovers of American pop culture." Contents include: Introduction / Shot in the Dark / Love for Sale / Cover Story / Paperback Beat / 1,000,000 Delinquents / Collecting Paperbacks / Epilogue / Bibliography / index. Check out the scans. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" Tall30. Bookseller Inventory # 005233

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Title: Over My Dead Body: The Sensational Age of ...

Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Soft Cover with French Flaps

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: First Edition 1st Printing

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The American paperback went through a brief but gloriously subversive era during the 1940s and '50s when publishers wooed post-World War II veterans with cheap, pocket-sized paperbacks sporting lurid covers and shocking titles. But this era also spawned such great writers as Mickey Spillane, Philip K. Dick and Jack Kerouac. 100 photographs.

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Gorgeously illustrated with eye-opening color cover reproductions on almost every page, Server's enthusiastic follow-up to Danger Is My Business is a nostalgic look into the brief but "rambunctious adolescence" of the mass market paperback. The particular flavor of this sleazy period he attributes to the taste of its targeted audience of ex-GIs, the early success of Mickey Spillane and the sudden availability of writers and cover artists from the dying pulp publications. Life in this new market was a mixed bag for even successful "paperback writers" such as Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Chester Himes and Philip K. Dick as their pay was modest and their shelf-life short. Server is best when describing the early subgenres which, then as now, blossomed from the seed of a single bestseller. Thus God's Little Acre begat a slew of "hillbilly fiction," pseudo-Beat stories joined Kerouac's On the Road , The Amboy Dukes spawned the juvenile delinquent genre and imitators of Vin Packer's Spring Fire lured readers into the "twilight world" of "lesbiana." Not as thorough as his previous book, Server skimps on names and dates and neglects the role of distribution in the industry's success. But readers will want this slick volume of low-brow entertainment turned campy collectible for its "magnificently lurid" cover illustrations of busty babes with smoking guns, which coaxed quarters from suckers in exchange for the often "monumental trash" within.
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