Synopses & Reviews
Long before the birth of the modern gay movement in 1969, a literary revolution was occurring between the covers of the cheaply produced pulp paperbacks of the post-World War II era. In Pulp Friction, cultural critic Michael Bronski collects a sampling of these now-little-known gay erotic writings some by writers long forgotten, some never known, and a few now famous. Through them, he explores the ways in which these expressions of the erotic imagination ultimately led to the idea of a gay identity and the creation of gay culture. An entertaining, enlightening, and groundbreaking work.
"Bronski has searched thoroughly and thought-provokingly....This is obviously a labor of love, and an absolute must for gay historians and those interested in stimulating gay fiction from years gone by." Publishers Weekly
"Pulp Friction highlights a genuinely marginalized...segment of male pulp literature....Bronski makes a convincing case that such works furthered the cause of gay self-acceptance and aided in a surreptitious socialization process." Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"Rarely is a book so educational also such a delight. By leaving the hallowed precincts of the 'literary,' Bronski lends a continuity heretofore lacking in many of our pictures of the development of gay fiction from World War II on." Samuel R. Delany, author of Times Square Red, Times Square Blue and The Motion of Light in Water
"Out of the shadows, into the sheets! Between the covers of gay pulp fiction, Michael Bronski finds forgotten treasures, presenting juicy excerpts and his own wise insights into this neglected bit of literary history." Jonathan Ned Katz, author of Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality and Gay American History
"A wonderful book, a sexy, funny, looney-tune work of social history that rewrites the recent past. It's a celebration of the poetry of pulp as well as the truth of pulp. I cannot remember the last time I learned so much while having so much fun." Christopher Bram, author of Father of Frankenstein and The Notorious Dr. August
Long before the rise of the modern gay movement, an unnoticed literary revolution was occurring, mostly between the covers of the cheaply produced pulp paperbacks of the post-World War II era. Cultural critic Michael Bronski collects a sampling of these now little-known gay erotic writings—some by writers long forgotten, some never known and a few now famous. Through them, Bronski challenges many long-held views of American postwar fiction and the rise of gay literature, as well as of the culture at large.
An anthology of early gay erotic writings ranges from the post-World War II era to the birth of the modern gay rights movement in the late 1960s.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -370).
About the Author
Michael Bronski is the author of Culture Clash: The Making of Gay Sensibility and The Pleasure Principle: Sex, Backlash, and the Struggle for Gay Freedom. He has edited and contributed to many anthologies, has had essays published throughout the world, and teaches and lectures widely. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
The Night Air 30
"Spur Piece" from Derricks 86
Maybe Tomorrow 108
The Gay Year 132
Whisper His Sin 142
The Strange Ones 154
Lost on Twilight Road 165
Memoirs of Jeff X 176
The Boys of Muscle Beach 198
Song of the Loon 212
My Purple Winter 225
Gay Whore 239
A Different Drum 254
Gay Revolution 277
The Gay Haunt 305
Gay Rights 322
Appendix: Gay Novels, 1940-1969 339