Beebo Brinker

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Designated the "Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction" for authoring five landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon's work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embrace their sexuality against great odds.

With Beebo Brinker, Bannon introduces the title character, a butch 17-year-old farm girl newly ...

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Overview


Designated the "Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction" for authoring five landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon's work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embrace their sexuality against great odds.

With Beebo Brinker, Bannon introduces the title character, a butch 17-year-old farm girl newly arrived in New York after she is driven from her Wisconsin home town for wearing drag to the State Fair. Befriended by the gay Jack Mann, a father-figure with a weakness for runaways, Beebo sets out to find love. She never knew what she wanted—until she came to Greenwich Village and found the love that smolders in the shadows of the twilight world.

Overwhelmed with her discovery, Beebo is infatuated in turn with the vixen Mona Petry, the sweet femme Paula Ash, and the famous actress Venus Bogardus. Sexy, dangerous, and often touching, Beebo Brinker's search for love takes her from password-protected 1950s lesbian bars to the glamour and ritz of Hollywood and back. Chronicling the reality of 1950s lesbian life through Ann Bannon's dreamy butch, Beebo Brinker is an astounding and engaging read.

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Another gay novel, this is more of the pulp sort. The eponymous protagonist is sent packing from her stodgy Wisconsin home after wearing drag to the state fair. She relocates to Greenwich Village, New York's capital of the avant-garde, where she is free to pursue "love that smolders in the shadows of the twilight world." This is more kitschy now but still fun for its 1950s sensibilities. Note that this is the first of four Bannon novels being reprinted by Cleis. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573441254
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Lesbian Pulp Fiction Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 779,444
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author


Ann Bannon is the author of classic lesbian pulp novels such as Odd Girl Out, Women in the Shadows, and Journey to a Woman. She lives in Sacramento, CA.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    When I picked up Beebo Brinker, I expected a coming-out while co

    When I picked up Beebo Brinker, I expected a coming-out while coming-of-age novel about a young lesbian, set in an era I know little about. What I discovered, however, is an involved, practically modern story about a young woman not only coming to terms with her identity as a lesbian after being ousted by her small town (still an issue these days), but struggling with a possible transexual identity. There is, of course, a lot of text dedicated to the passions and romances of a naive young person experiencing everything for the first time, but Beebo faces real hardships that are relevant and just as distressing today.
    I would absolutely recommend this book to others, especially to any young person going through self-discovery in a culture opposed to anything outside of the 'norm', as they will find an ally in Beebo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2001

    Fantastic

    This is a Fabolous gay novel where a girl finds love in New York. If your lesbian you would go running to the Village. This book would get your attention and wont let go.

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