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Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements

by Dwight Garner, Dave Eggers (Foreword by)
 

“A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements,” Read Me is a fascinating collection of more than 300 surprising and strange, beautiful and funny vintage book ads that together reveal the hidden history of America’s literary culture over the past 100 years. Dwight Garner, daily book critic for the New York Times, has gathered

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“A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements,” Read Me is a fascinating collection of more than 300 surprising and strange, beautiful and funny vintage book ads that together reveal the hidden history of America’s literary culture over the past 100 years. Dwight Garner, daily book critic for the New York Times, has gathered hundreds of examples of original publishers’ ads that offer fresh, sometimes startlingly different looks at some of America’s greatest  writers—from Hemingway and Fitzgerald to Kerouac, Updike, and Mailer, to Susan Sontag, Toni Morrison, and Hunter S. Thompson. An edifying and eye-opening delight, Dwight Garner’s Read Me is an indispensable slice of Americana.

Editorial Reviews

Newsday
“These small but punchy ads bring back a time when new books were an essential part of the cultural conversation.”
Chicago Tribune (Printer's Row Blog)
“Stare at this book for hours, linger on a single image, and by the end of the weekend, you’ve made a grand excursion through the literary history of the 20th century.”
(Printer's Row Blog) - Chicago Tribune
"Stare at this book for hours, linger on a single image, and by the end of the weekend, you’ve made a grand excursion through the literary history of the 20th century."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061572197
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Dwight Garner is a book critic for the New York Times. A former senior editor of the New York Times Book Review, he was the founding books editor of Salon.com. His writing has appeared in Harper's Magazine, The Oxford American, The Nation, Slate, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere, and he is at work on a biography of James Agee. Garner lives in Garrison, New York, with his wife and two children.

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