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The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (Bonanza) Hardcover – 1 Mar 1972

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bibliophile Books (1 Mar 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900123311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900123313
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,096,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
this is just wonderful!
i have a weakness for the genre, but this took my breath away
great pictures in colour of classic pulp titles
then terrific stories re-printed in full: tales of mystery, sports, the orient; larger than life heroes and villains
some good writing as well, not all wham crash bang wallop, though that is good fun
would like to chat to similar pulp-fans
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By Pedro Martins C. Xexeo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Before Robert Kenneth Jones(THE SHUDDER PULPS),Ron Goulart(CHEAP THRILLS),Peter Haining(THE FANTASTIC PULPS and THE CLASSIC ERA OF AMERICAN PULP MAGAZINES),Lee Server(DANGER IS MY BUSINESS),Frank M. Robinson&Lawrence Davidson(PULP CULTURE),there was TONY GOODSTONE."THE PULPS(Fifty years of American Pop Culture,Compiled and edited by Tony Goodstone)"is a hell of a book.It's the first important survey and anthology of pulp art and pulp literature from the period 1896 to 1953.A large cofee&table volume,contains 100 full-color reproductions of rare original cover art and more than 50 stories,poems,features,and articles.They are presented with their original b&w illustrations and aids and are integrated into their social context by an illuminating commentary by the Editor Goodstone.
Famous writers are represented in the book:EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS("The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw"),MAX BRAND("The Ghost"),LUKE SHORT("Tough Enough"),DASHIELL HAMMETT("One Hour"),ROBERT LESLIE BELLEM("Death's Passport"),RAY BRADBURY("Wake for the Living"),ROBERT E. HOWARD("The Purple Heart of Erlik"),H.P.LOVECRAFT("Continuity" and "The Gardens of Yin"),STANLEY WEINBAUM("Parasite Planet").A surprise:"The Vengeance of Nitocris"(Weird Tales,1928)by Pulitzer Prize winner TENNESSEE WILIAMS.
TONY GOODSTONE(The Bronx,NY,1934-Los Angeles,CA,2002),was an actor,producer,and writer,who assembled a noted collection of American memorabilia.In this book he was helped by the late SAM MOSKOWITZ,the famous Science Fiction connoisseur.
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Essential Work on the Pulps 7 Jan 2011
By Monty Karlow - Published on
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As a callow youth in the early 70's, I saw this book on the remainder stack in a chain bookstore and it set a course for my life. Goodman's book is not only one of the first serious treatments of the pulp-magazine phenomenon, but is a beautiful produced book: the lurid, luscious covers are handsomely reproduced in color sections, and the original stories, by a galaxy of literary lights, are laid out and illustrated in the original manner and style. It makes for a fully immersive experience, into the sea of 20th Century popular culture, and serves to remind how much of "the furniture of our imaginations" was crafted so long ago.
A Very Enjoyable Read, But Note That It Largely Reprints Vintage Pulp Short Stories 26 July 2014
By ConclusionsDrawn - Published on
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I have a casual interest in The Pulps and really enjoyed reading this book over for a couple of hours on a recent Saturday afternoon. The majority of the book's 230 pages are devoted to reprints of Pulp short stories illustrating various Pulp sub-genres, however, some by notable authors and some by 'nobodies.' I only read one story in its entirety, but I enjoyed it immensely.

My three favorite parts of this book were: (i) the 15-ish page history of the Pulps (dating back to the 1800s and continuing through 1953), which I thought was both informative and readable, (ii) the way the book breaks up the Pulps into several discrete sub-genres, and (iii) the dozens of full color reproductions of vintage Pulp covers.

If I had any quibble with this book, I suppose I would've appreciated more of an emphasis on the likes of Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Avenger, The Spider, and other 'classic' Pulp heroes. This book is a much broader survey of the genre in its entirety.
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