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Coming in October from Down & Out Books: PULP ACCORDING TO DAVID GOODIS by Jay A. Gertzman
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About PULP ACCORDING TO DAVID GOODIS …
Pulp According to David Goodis starts with six characteristics of 1950s pulp noir that fascinated mass-market readers, making them wish they were the protagonist, and yet feel relief that they were not. His thrillers are set in motion by suppressed guilt, sexual frustrations, explosions of violence, and the inaccessible nature of intimacy. Extremely valuable is a gangster-infested urban setting. Uniquely, Goodis saw a still-vibrant community solidarity down there. Another contribution was sympathy for the gang boss, doomed by his very success. He dramatizes all this in the stark language of the Philadelphia's "streets of no return."
The book delineates the noir profundity of the author's work in the context of Franz Kafka's narratives. Goodis' precise sense of place, and painful insights about the indomitability of fate, parallel Kafka's. Both writers mix realism, the disorienting, and the dreamlike; both dwell on obsession and entrapment; both describe the protagonist's degeneration. Tragically, belief in obligations, especially family ones, keep independence out of reach.
Other elements covered in this critical analysis of Goodis's work include his Hollywood script-writing career; his use of Freud, Arthur Miller, Faulkner and Hemingway; his obsession with incest; and his "noble loser's" indomitable perseverance.
Advance praise for PULP ACCORDING TO DAVID GOODIS …
"This was a fascinating read. [Gertzman] appears as an expert not only on Goodis's body of work but on the pulp era of fiction in general, mid-twentieth-
"Jay Gertzman is one of those rare maverick critics with the courage to explore the dark alleys of American literature, and to report back with commendable honesty about what he has found. His book Pulp According to David Goodis is a perfect match of critic to author, and it belongs in the collections of universities hoping to be regarded as major." —Michael Perkins, author of Evil Companions, Dark Matter, and The Secret Record: Modern Erotic Literature
"The most comprehensive Goodis study yet. Gertzman culls the files, brings everything together and then some. Not only essential reading for all Goodis obsessives but an excellent introduction to one of noir's greatest writers." —Woody Haut, author Pulp Culture: Hard-boiled Fiction and the Cold War, Heartbreak and Vine, and Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction
Meet the author …
Jay A. Gertzman is Professor Emeritus of English at Mansfield University. Specializing in American publishing history, he has written books on the editions of Lady Chatterley's Lover and on the distribution and prosecution of erotic literature in the 1920s and 30s. He is also the author of the seminal study of Samuel Roth, Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist.
Gertzman has published articles on David Goodis in Paperback Parade, Crimespree Magazine, Academia.com, Alan Guthrie's Noir Originals, and the programs of the Noircon conferences.
In its eighth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books (https://downandoutbooks.com) is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact email@example.com.