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Pimping fictions : African American crime literature and the untold story of Black pulp publishing / Justin Gifford.

Authors: Gifford, Justin, 1975-
Call number: 813.0872 GIF
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2013.
Publication date: 2013.
Subject: American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
Urban fiction, American -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
Crime in literature.
Pulp literature, American -- Publishing -- History.
Himes, Chester B., 1909-1984 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Goines, Donald, 1937-1974 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Iceberg Slim, 1918-1992. Pimp.
Holloway House Publishing Co. -- History.
Title: Pimping fictions : African American crime literature and the untold story of Black pulp publishing / Justin Gifford.
Physical description: ix, 205 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents note: 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 note: Gifford provides a hard-boiled investigation of hundreds of pulpy paperbacks written by Chester Himes, Donald Goines, and Iceberg Slim (aka Robert Beck), among many others. He draws from an impressive array of archival materials to provide a first-of-its-kind literary and cultural history of this distinctive genre, evaluating the artistic and symbolic representations of pimps, sex-workers, drug dealers, and political revolutionaries in African American crime literature.
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9781439908105 (cloth : alk. paper)
1439908109 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781439908112 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1439908117 (pbk. : alk. paper)
LCCN: 2012032598
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