Hardboiled America: Lurid Paperbacks And The Masters Of Noir

Paperback | March 22, 1997

byGeoffrey O'Brien

not yet rated|write a review
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 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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$18.38 online
$21.50 list price (save 14%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

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 s...

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.

other books by Geoffrey O'Brien

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

Hardcover|Nov 6 2012

$44.37 online$55.00list price(save 19%)
The Difficulty of Being
The Difficulty of Being

Kobo ebook|May 28 2013

$12.29 online$15.95list price(save 22%)
Sleepless Nights
Sleepless Nights

Kobo ebook|Jul 13 2011

$10.79 online$14.00list price(save 22%)
see all books by Geoffrey O'Brien
Format:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:March 22, 1997Publisher:Da Capo Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0306807734

ISBN - 13:9780306807732

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Hardboiled America: Lurid Paperbacks And The Masters Of Noir

Reviews