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29 The mechanisms of pulping a work entailed a process of redistribution or, more precisely, remediation: writings often created for an educated and elite audience took on new lives by being repackaged as cheap paperbacks. For example, in 1952, Signet reissued an NAL edition (No. 950) of stories by Thomas Wolfe with the provocative title Only the Dead Know Brooklyn; the stories, from the 1930s, had first appeared in hardcover from Scribner’s, as well as in pulp and slick magazines. But they had already been gathered into a collection in 1947 as an NAL edition with the far less enticing title Short Stories (reissued in 1949), NAL No.

The paperback book, like earlier and subsequent innovations, expanded what could be seen and touched by individuals en masse as they collectively brushed against one another through and within the privacy of reading. 5 Pulp worked at the borders of several overlapping fields or systems. As this book argues throughout, pulp linked high modernism to the vernacular, moved social concerns into bedrooms—­and reversed this move at the same time—­and crossed the multiplying media appearing in the twentieth century: tabloids, magazines, radio, film, television.

Bringing Modernism to Main Street What is pulp? Steamy fiction? Sleazy magazines? Cheap paper? Or might it be a technology, a vehicle that once brought desire—­for sex, for violence—­into the open in cheap, accessible form? Or, and this is the question that motivates this book, might it be part of a larger process by which modernism itself, as high literature and art but also as a mass consumer practice, spread across America? Pulp: Biography of an American Object • 23 This is a story of paper, or rather of paperback books, produced in massive numbers between the late 1930s and early 1960s.

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