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Lesbian Pulp Novels, 1935-1965

Twenty-five illustrated book covers from the golden age of lesbian pulp fiction.
The Fear and the Guilt, by Wilene Shaw [pseud.], [1954]

The Collection

Included here are twenty-five illustrated front and back covers from pulp fiction novels dating between 1935-1958. This small collection of novels is part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library's growing collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer materials representing the fields of history, literature, cultural studies, popular culture, the arts, and design. These novels, named after the inexpensive wood pulp paper on which they were printed, could be found at magazine and newspaper stands, drugstores, and bus terminals. Publishers included mainstream companies such as Bantam, Viking, and Fawcett as well as smaller houses specializing in erotica like Bedside Books and Nightstand Books. Several established authors wrote pulp novels under pseudonyms, including Mists of Avalon author Marion Zimmer Bradley (as Lee Chapman, Miriam Gardner, Morgan Ives) and the mystery writer Lawrence Block (Jill Emerson, Sheldon Ward, Andrew Shaw).

Read more about Lesbian pulp fiction at the Beinecke Library's blog, Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities.

Related Material

The Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University

The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture in Duke's Special Collection Library Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection

American Literature

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