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Guide to the Gay and Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection
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Collection processed by Processed by: Theresa Smalec, 2002.

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Description is in English.

Historical/Biographical Note

American queer culture saw some of its earliest mass expression in the pulp fiction market starting around the end of World War II, and though sometimes called "masturbation" books they included some more refined literary expressions with such works as: Flora Fletcher's 'Whisper of Love' (1955); and Andre Tellier's 'Twilight Men' (1957). In the 1940's, the lesbian pulp novels were more prevalent, but by the 1950's the genre saw an increase in gay male pulp novels. To avoid the law, publishers would often change their names and addresses, and writers wrote under pseudonyms. However, the books in the genre dealt with social and political issues along with issues around sexual orientation and erotic expression presenting these subjects in a unique historical perspective. Several prominent gay and lesbian writers worked in the pulp fiction market, among these are Ann Bannon (The Marriage, 1960), Phil Andros (The Greek Way, 1972), and Jane Rule (Against the Season, 1975).


  • "Lesbian & Gay Pulp Fiction Collection A Major Asset to the Archives." Archeion. Volume 2, #2. 2002, June. The Stonewall Library and Archives, Ft Lauderdale Fla. [Online: 2002, Sept. 29].