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By Katherine V. Forrest

Lengthy prior to the increase of the trendy homosexual circulation, an neglected literary revolution was once taking place among the covers of the affordably produced lesbian pulp paperbacks of the post–World warfare II period. In 1950, writer Fawcett Books based its Gold Medal imprint, inaugurating the reign of lesbian pulp fiction. those have been the books that small-town lesbians and prurient males received by means of the hundreds of thousands — affordable, effortless to discover in drugstores, and instantly recognizable by means of their lurid covers. for ladies major immediately lives, the following was once affirmation that they weren't by myself and that darkly glamorous, "gay" areas like Greenwich Village existed. a few — in particular these written by way of lesbians — provided sympathetic and sensible depictions of "life within the shadows," whereas others (no much less enjoyable to learn now) have been smutty, sensational stories of blameless ladies led off track. within the overheated prose normal of the style, this assortment files the emergence of a lesbian way of life in postwar the US.

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