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The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (Bonanza) [Hardcover]

Tony Goodstone
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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: 6,777,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars best book i ever bought 22 May 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GRANDDADDY OF BOOKS ON PULP MAGAZINES 26 Feb 2005
By Pedro Martins C. Xexeo - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Work on the Pulps 7 Jan 2011
By Monty Karlow - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Read, But Note That It Largely Reprints Vintage Pulp Short Stories 26 July 2014
By ConclusionsDrawn - Published on Amazon.com
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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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