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Overview

A visually dynamic homage to the paperback. In 1968, John Leonard, then editor of The New York Times Book Review, listed the many merits of mass-market paperbacks: "They can be stuffed in purses, left in buses, dropped in toilets, used as coasters, eaten and thrown away. Their covers can be ripped off! Their spines can be broken! To buy a paperback today is to buy the means of revenging oneself on Western culture." Fast-forward forty years. Leonard’s affectionately flippant assessment may need to be revised as the explosion of digital media threatens the livelihood of the printed word. More than an act of revenge on Western culture, to buy a paperback may be a means of preserving one of its more charismatic—and socially, politically, and aesthetically influential—species. Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants celebrates the mass-market paperback and gives it its due. A vibrant tour that starts with books from the late nineteenth century up to today, examining the most popular genres—mystery, romance, Westerns, how-to, cooking, and diet, and highbrow literature packaged for the broader audience—it focuses on the history of the art and design of the format and how it is inseparable from the history of American literacy, tastes, and mores of the twentieth century.

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"For Steven Brower, the author of Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants (Universe Publishing) - a book that celebrates the art of the paperback - there is nothing quite like printed matter.  This book chronicles the history of the paperback format and highlights the designers behind the tantalizing cover art that became its signature selling point." ~Nylon

"Packed with worthy representatives from numerous genres, Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants is a visual and visceral feast that provides a compelling introduction to the history of pop art in the 20th century." ~PopMatters.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789318046
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Brower teaches conceptual design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Kean University in New Jersey. Co-author of Woody Guthrie Artworks, he is the recipient of numerous design awards.

Steven Heller is co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author program and co-founder of its MFA Design Criticism and MFA Interaction Design programs.

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Table of Contents

A Mass for Mass Market Paperbacks 9

Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants from the High Plains, and How I Learned to Love Them Steven Heller Heller, Steven 17

The Birth of the Mass Market Steven Brower Brower, Steven 24

A Novel Approach Steven Brower Brower, Steven 43

Wild and Wicked Steven Brower Brower, Steven 73

Swords, Sea, and Sky Steven Brower Brower, Steven 101

A Shot in the Dark Steven Brower Brower, Steven 127

Love and Lust Steven Brower Brower, Steven 160

The Dark Side Steven Brower Brower, Steven 183

Other Worldly Steven Brower Brower, Steven 190

Nothing But the Truth Steven Brower Brower, Steven 217

The Bard and Beyond Steven Brower Brower, Steven 238

Lights, Camera, Tie-In Steven Brower Brower, Steven 266

Funny Bone Steven Brower Brower, Steven 276

Lavender Liaisons Steven Brower Brower, Steven 282

Changing World Steven Brower Brower, Steven 285

Featured Artist Biographies Steven Brower Brower, Steven 290

Bibliography Steven Brower Brower, Steven 296

Acknowledgments Steven Brower Brower, Steven 297

Index Steven Brower Brower, Steven 298

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