Read Me, A Century of Classic American Book AdvertisementsBook - 2009
Collects more than 400 startling and strange, beautiful and funny vintage book ads that together reveal the hidden history of America’s literary culture over the last century. 20,000 first printing.
“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.
Garner, a book critic for the New York Times and former editor of the New York Times Book Review, compiles about 300 vintage book advertisements for acclaimed and best-selling books in each decade of the twentieth century, from The Great Gatsby to The Joy of Sex. The b&w ads are presented by decade and are drawn from newspapers, journals, and magazines across the US, with an introduction on the history of book advertising. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)