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Pulp Fiction

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maj 25, 2008, 6:48pm

Because of LT I recently got tuned into lesbian pulp fiction. I've started on the Beebo Brinker Chronicles (two down and the last three I plan to order soon), and I just finished Women's Barracks. These have all proven to be entirely entertaining. Does anyone have other recommendations for must-read lesbian pulp fiction?

aug 13, 2008, 3:13am

No, this is the first time I even hear about Lesbian pulp fiction. Do I live in a barrel or somethin... ;)

nov 21, 2008, 2:15am

I'm just reading the first of these Beebo Brinker's - the Odd Girl Out -> it's really good! Though I'm sure it has a unhappy ending, so I'm preparing myself.

You like this 'series'? Is it addicting?

nov 23, 2008, 10:27pm

and then I read Beebo Brinker yesterday

feb 16, 2009, 5:53pm

Lesbian pulps are loads of fun, and many of the best are easy to get in recent reprints, such as the wonderful Beebo Brinker series by Ann Bannon. There's a good article on them in Wikipedia and there are some great websites with pictures of covers. Ann Bannon is regarded as the best of all the pulp writers and for good reason--her characters like Beebo are unforgettable and the stories are great too, taking a naive college girl all the way to Greenwich Village sophistication.

In 1975, I started collecting them in the original 1950s editions. I had a slide show which I showed at lgbt conferences and classes on lgbt lit at many colleges. If you like to collect, try finding some originals. I published one of the first articles on the pulps and did the first interview with Ann Bannon in 1982 when she reappeared in public (she had gone extremely low profile while her kids were growing up.) She's wonderful and speaks at many lesbian conferences. She wrote a blurb for the back of my first novel, which I just published called "Land Beyond Maps."

Redigerat: maj 25, 2009, 12:56pm

So far I have found two publishers that have been busy reprinting lesbian pulp fiction: Cleis Press, and the Feminist Press at CUNY.

I started out with the anthology Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels 1950-1965 edited by Katherine Forrest. It has chapters, or extracts from several novels by various different authors. Some of these have been reissued, but not all unfortunately!

Touchstone does not seem to be working for the anthology, so here's the link: