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This re-examination of the critic whose Congressional testimony sparked the Comics Code

* Offers a comprehensive overview of Fredric Wertham’s career and writings

* Uses newly available private papers to give insight into Wertham’s intellectual development

* Provides in-depth case studies of The Seduction of the Innocent–Wertham’s most famous book–and an unpublished manuscript

* Re-examines Wertham’s thought by tracing his change of mind in later life

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (October 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578068193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578068197
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,952,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon on September 10, 2014
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Over the years there has been a lot of noise about Wertham and his criticism of comics. To be sure Wertham brought this on himself by hyping his concerns about the impact of comics on children in an overblown manner. Beaty who gained access to Wertham's papers before anyone else other than the family's appointed biographer (a story in itself) presents a balanced and clear headed view of Wertham's motivations and actions. This book by far is the best scholarship about Wertham available and it needs to be read more widely by those engaging with comics and Wertham.
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2 of 57 people found the following review helpful By D.W. Smith on September 7, 2008
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Why he suddently had a change of heart toward comic books in the 1970's, who can tell? But the debate he started over popular culture and the effects on children still goes on to this day and no one will ever find a satisfactory answer for.
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