Lurid Paperbacks and the Masters of Noir
By (author) Geoffrey O'Brien
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Hardboiled America by Geoffrey O'Brien
Book DescriptionDashiell 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 Harboiled 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306807732
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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Ten years in the making, the eighteenth edition of the longest-lived and bestselling collection of quotations in history introduces hundreds of new quotations from writers all over the world.
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This title offers a collection of the world's greatest poems, organised for every occasion, public and private, from birth to death and everything in between.
Browser's Ecstasy, Paperback (March 2003)
A prose poem about reading, this is a playful, epigrammatic nocturne upon the dream-state one falls into when "lost in a book," and the uncanny, trance-like pleasure of making silent marks on paper utter sounds inside one's head.
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Sixteen years of film criticism from one of America's leading cultural critics. Film and popular culture essays cover topics that range from the invention of cinema to contemporary F-X aesthetics; from Shakespeare films to "Seinfeld" and profiles of individual directors and actors.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey O'Brien
Geoffrey O'Brien is the author of Floating City: Selected Poems 1978-1995, The Phantom Empire, Dream Time, and other books. Executive editor of The Library of America, he also edited The Reader's Catalog.
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