Read Me

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Read Me

A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements

By Dwight Garner

Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780061572197, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2009

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.

Praise For Read Me

“Stare at this book for hours, linger on a single image, and by the end of the weekend, you’ve made a grand excursion through the literary history of the 20th century.”
-Chicago Tribune (Printer's Row Blog)

“These small but punchy ads bring back a time when new books were an essential part of the cultural conversation.”