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Author John Jeremiah Sullivan
Country United States
Language English
Genre Essay Collection
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
Media type Print Paperback
Pages 369 pp
ISBN 978-0-374-53290-1

Pulphead is an essay collection by the American writer and editor John Jeremiah Sullivan. Pulphead has been named a 2011 New York Times Notable Book,[1] a Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2011,[2] and one of Amazon's Best of the Month for November 2011.[3]

Sullivan's essay "Mr. Lytle: An Essay," which recounts his time spent living with a then geriatric Andrew Nelson Lytle, won a 2011 National Magazine Award[4] and a 2011 Pushcart Prize.[5]

Original Publishing Home of Pulphead Essays

The Paris Review

  • "Mister Lytle", published in Pulphead as "Mr. Lytle: An Essay"
  • "Unnamed Caves", on American cave art


  • "The Last Wailer", on Bunny Wailer
  • "Back in the Day", on Michael Jackson, published in Pulphead as "Michael"
  • "The Final Comeback of Axl Rose", on Axl Rose
  • "Upon This Rock", on a visit to a Christian rock festival
  • "American Grotesque", on the Tea Party movement
  • "Violence of the Lambs", on the coming war between animals and humans
  • "Peyton's Place", on Sullivan's house being used as a filming location for the show One Tree Hill

Harper's Magazine

  • "Unknown Bards", on the history of blues music.


  1. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2011". The New York Times. 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Top 10 of Everything 2011". Time. 7 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Best Books of the Month: November 2011". 
  4. ^ "The Paris Review Wins National Magazine Award". 
  5. ^ "John Jeremiah Sullivan Wins Prize, Does Paris Review Proud". 

External links

  • Review by James Wood in The New Yorker
  • New York Times Review
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