Edited by Katherine V. Their ludicrous and blatantly sensational cover copy were both my signals and my shame. Valerie Taylor 's The Girls in Three-B and Randy Salem's Man Among Women: these books I would savor alone, heart pounding from both lust and terror of discovery, poised to plunge the tainted tome into hiding. Read, often surreptitiously, and valued by lesbians for providing faint comfort that they were not alone, the pulps were later scorned by lesbian feminists and derided for the butch and femme characters they often depicted and their adherence to mainstream mores. What these social critics failed to see was that the heroines of the pulps, with their economic and social independence and ownership of their own sexuality, were the original sexual outlaws, unconsciously feminist, who debauched innocent straight women not only with their prowess in the bedroom but also with their promise of freedom.
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PULP A magazine or book printed on cheap paper as newsprint and often dealing with sensational material; also sensational or tabloid writing - often used attributively [pulp fiction]. During the s and early s, before the widespread diffusion of television, reading paperback fiction was one of the favorite pastimes of the working class. Popular genres included mystery and detection, true crime, westerns, science fiction and romance. The writing was accessible and unaffected by the high-minded attentions of literary critics, traditional booksellers, and public librarians. Lesbian and gay-themed paperbacks were first produced in the early s and immediately racked up impressive sales figures. The earliest lesbian and gay paperbacks were reprints of either classic European titles or of recent novels by literary authors such as James Baldwin, Truman Capote, and Gore Vidal. Spring Fire was an enormous success selling over a million and a half copies, encouraging Fawcett and other mainstream publishers to produce hundreds of other homosexual-themed titles.
Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness is considered the classic lesbian novel and a precursor to the pulps. It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results. Aerlyn Weissman,
Call me simple, but much of what makes reading pleasurable has nothing to do with the strength of the words on the page. Nor does it have much to do with what I bring to a book intellectually or experientially. Being queer means never having to apologize for obsessing about appearance.