How Pulp Fiction Magazines Changed America
The hardboiled detective...
and horror monsters....
Pulp Uncovered traces the rise of pulp fiction magazines and the characters—real and imaginary—that came along for the ride.
The exhibit reveals why pulps were so incredibly popular and examines the pulsating, violent legacy they created.
In the first half of the 1900s, cheap pulp fiction magazines defied social taboos against violence, sex and bad taste. Out of this cultural clash, pulp magazines helped spawn some of today's most enduring icons: the Bat-man, Zorro, Buck Rogers, Tarzan and the Hardboiled Detective.
The writers who created such legends were themselves among America's most colorful characters: Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury, Louis L'Amour, L. Ron Hubbard, Isaac Asimov, and Providence's own H.P. Lovecraft.
The exhibition will take place at the John Nicholas Brown Center
357 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
Thursday, March 15 at 6 pm, Festival Keynote Speaker Will Murray kicks off the weekend with "Pulp Fiction: Uncovered," Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106. Join us immediately following for the Pulp Exhibition Opening Night Gala, John Nicholas Brown Center.
Festival weekend: Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 8 pm
Regular hours, through June 1: Tuesdays - Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm, or by appointment.