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Ann Bannon
(Aka A. Bannon, Ann Thayer, Ann Weldy, and
The Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction)


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Ann Bannon was designated the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp” for authoring several landmark novels in the 50s. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead characters who embraced their sexuality. -- from Saints & Sinners
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles
  • The Beebo Brinker Chronicles (1995)
    Includes: Odd Girl Out, I Am A Woman, Women In The Shadows, Beebo Brinker.

  • Beebo Brinker (1962)
    "A "prequel" to the preceding tales. Although it was written last in the series, this story brings Beebo from the hayfields of Wisconsin to New York's Greenwich Village. She arrives a very young and uncertain girl, but by the end of the story, we see the emergence of the dashing young butch she will become. Along the way there are beautiful girls to explore and a sparkling dalliance with an international movie star." -- from

  • Journey to a Woman (1960)
    "What happens to three strong, beautiful women when one of them--Beth--rediscovers her passion for another--Laura--only to run headlong into the arms of the third--Beebo Brinker herself." -- from

  • The Marriage (1960, Kindle Edition )
    Gemini/The Marriage (2008) which includes Gemini by Theodora Keogh and The Marriage by Ann Bannon.
    Two Great Women Writers of the '50s, on the Most Forbidden Theme!

    Gemini, by the rediscovered Theodora Keogh: Arabella and Daniel were wild and free creatures of nature who lived in a strange world of their own making. Neither of them were aware until too late of the intoxicating, inextricable desire they felt for one another. Neither of them were aware until too late that their relationship, with its unnatural compulsions and intensity, could only lead to jealousy, and through jealousy, to murder! Theodora Keogh, authoress of the Double Door, has written a truly beautiful and deeply disturbing study of brother and sister love. In Gemini, she reveals her talent for the tender as well as the grotesque.

    The Marriage, by Beebo Brinker creator Ann Bannon: Page and Sunny were young, in love and married. Sunny found life blissful with her husband; Page saw his career as a writer in NY begin to take off. A baby was on the way. The pair agreed that life together, with someone so appealing, was as good as it could be. Then word came down that Page, who'd been adopted, was born Roger, older brother of Sunny. Laura and Jac
    k, the gay couple from Bannon's Brinker series, introduce this tale, at times playing key roles.

  • Women in the Shadows (1959)
    "The somewhat darker tale of Laura and Beebo's disillusion with one another. But this is also the story that tackles interracial romance when that was an unthinkable topic, and the subject of gay and lesbian parenthood, another area to which no-one had given a thoughtful treatment up to that point." -- from

  • I Am a Woman (1959)
    "The story of what happens to Laura when she makes it to New York and meets the handsomest, most swashbuckling, and world-weary butch in the city: Beebo Brinker, the character for whom the series is named. Much of the story takes place in Greenwich Village, then a Mecca for members of the GLBT community, much as was Paris in the Roaring Twenties, and the Castro District in San Francisco today." -- from

  • Odd Girl Out (1957)
    "The first written and first published of the Ann Bannon books, this is the story of two college sorority sisters, Beth and Laura, who discover a passion for one another before the elder of the two, Beth, decides to commit to a conventional romance with her college sweetheart. Laura then must refashion her own life, and heads for far-away New York City. This book was the second-best selling paperback original of 1957, and was reissued many times by Gold Medal." -- from



Young Adults






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  • The Latecomer (1974, 2009) by Sarah Aldridge with Fay Jacobs, ed.
    This is the 35th Anniversary edition of the first book ever published by Naiad Press. This book was released in 1974 - and was one of, if not the first lesbian novel to have a happy ending and promise of a viable future for the two protagonists. In this edition, there are comments from contemporaries of author Sarah Aldridge (Anyda Marchant) like Ann Bannon,  Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Jinx Beers, Katherine  Forrest, and more, plus later novelists and activists weighing in on the history of lesbian publishing and a glimpse of what these first, hopeful books meant to these readers and writers. They include Ellen Hart, J.M. Redmann, KG MacGregor, Kate Clinton, Radclyffe, and many more. This book also includes photographs of the author from that time period and a call to writers and readers to contribute to the lesbian/feminist publishing legacy.

    The Latecomer tells of Philippa, returning by ship from Europe, who finds her life unexpectedly changed by the woman who shares her cabin -an entertainer whose career contrasts vividly with Philippa's own existence. From Washington DC and its political intrigue to New York City, the women keep encountering one another until they recognize what their love means to them and their future.

  • Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969 (1999) by Jaye Zimet
    A vivid, sexy, and titillating journey into the steamy underworld of the dime novel.

    In the scandalous world of pulp fiction in the 1950s and into the 60s, detectives, gangsters, and mad doctors were joined on the racks by bad girls, dissolute youths, drug-crazed beatniks, and other assorted miscreants and misfits. Where romance met with soft porn there was also a surprisingly large population of butch brunettes pursuing and seducing blond femmes. This was an alternate universe of erotic pulp fiction where gals and dolls were exploring the illicit pleasures of lesbian love--much to the delight of a largely male, heterosexual readership. Before the sexual revolution of the 1960s, these books offered a thrilling peek into the deviant underworld of wild passion and scandalous sex.

    Strange Sisters is a collection of the cover art of these wildly wicked novels. The women who writhe across the covers of books such as Strange Lust ("She Wanted a Woman--Then She Met Another Woman Obsessed by the Same Burning Hunger") and Women's Barracks ("The Frank Autobiography of a French Girl Soldier") sizzle with sexual energy and freedom--in a high-camp defiance of the prudish, conservative 1950s. Bold, kitschy-colorful, and fraught with sexual tension, the covers of Strange Sisters are a siren call to the retro-groovin' man, or woman, in your life.

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