Synopses & Reviews
Long before the rise of the modern gay movement, an unnoticed literary revolution was occurring between the covers of the cheaply produced lesbian pulp paperbacks of the postWorld War II era. In 1950, publisher Fawcett Books founded its Gold Medal imprint, inaugurating the reign of lesbian pulp fiction. These were the books that small-town lesbians and prurient men bought by the millions cheap, easy to find in drugstores, and immediately recognizable by their lurid covers. For women leading straight lives, here was confirmation that they were not alone and that darkly glamorous, "gay" places like Greenwich Village existed. Some especially those written by lesbians offered sympathetic and realistic depictions of "life in the shadows," while others (no less fun to read now) were smutty, sensational tales of innocent girls led astray. In the overheated prose typical of the genre, this collection documents the emergence of a lesbian subculture in postwar America.
Excerpts from the best of more than 30 classic lesbian pulp novels, including those by Marion Zimmer Bradley (writing as Miriam Gardner), An Bannon, Vin Packer, Paula Christian, Valerie Taylor, and Brigid Brophy.
Written in the overheated prose typical of the pulp genre of the 1950s, this collection documents the emergence of a lesbian subculture in postwar America.