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Author Gifford, Justin, 1975-

Title Pimping fictions : African American crime literature and the untold story of Black pulp publishing / Justin Gifford
Published Philadelphia PA : Temple University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (217 pages)
Contents He jerked his pistol free and fired it at the pavement : Chester Himes and the transformation of American crime literature -- Pimping fictions : Iceberg Slim and the invention of pimp literature -- The revolution will not be televised : Donald Goines, Holloway House Publishing Company, and the radicalization of Black crime literature -- Black in a white paradise : utopias and imagined solutions in Black crime literature -- For he who is : Players magazine and the reimagining of the American pimp -- The women of street literature : contemporary Black crime fiction and the rise of the self-publishing marketplace
Summary ""Lush sex and stark violence colored Black and served up raw by a great Negro writer, "" promised the cover of Run Man Run, Chester Himes' pioneering novel in the black crime fiction tradition. In Pimping Fictions, Justin Gifford provides a hard-boiled investigation of hundreds of pulpy paperbacks written by Himes, Donald Goines, and Iceberg Slim (aka Robert Beck), among many others. Gifford draws from an impressive array of archival materials to provide a first-of-its-kind literary and cultural history of this distinctive genre. He evaluates the artistic and symbolic
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Iceberg Slim, 1918-1992. Pimp
Goines, Donald, 1937-1974 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Himes, Chester B., 1909-1984 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Holloway House Publishing Co. -- History.
African Americans in literature.
American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Crime in literature.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
Pulp literature, American -- Publishing -- History.
Urban fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1299132537
1439908117 (paperback: alk. paper)
1439908125 (electronic bk.)
9781439908105 (cloth) (alk. paper)
9781439908112 (paperback: alk. paper)
9781439908112 (paperback) (alk. paper)
9781439908129 (electronic bk.)