Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era
Smithsonian Books (DC), Paperback, 9781588342188, 280pp.
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
These artists pioneered a detached, ironic sensibility that radically juxtaposed cultural references and blurred the distinctions between high and low art. Their refusal to surrender to the pressures for political conformity and their unflinching portrayal of the underside of American life paved the way for the emergence of a 1960s counterculture that forever changed the way America views itself.
“A must for any serious student of noir tradition in American culture. . . . Entertaining and enlightening.”—BookPage
“Insightful . . . a welcome addition to the literature devoted to postwar culture.”—American Studies International
“Demonstrates . . . an obsessive knowledge of and contagious enthusiasm for its subject.”—Modern Language Notes