Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

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Overview

As Lillian Faderman writes, there are "no constants with regard to lesbianism," except that lesbians prefer women. In this groundbreaking book, she reclaims the history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America, tracing the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures from early networks to more recent diverse lifestyles. She draws from journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, media accounts, novels, medical literature, pop culture artifacts, and oral histories by lesbians of all ages and backgrounds, uncovering a narrative of uncommon depth and originality.

Columbia University Press

Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life. 16 pages of photos. "Engaging . . . compelling . . . poignant and moving . . ."--The Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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Editorial Reviews

The Village Voice

Odd Girls reverberates with the powerful voices of people speaking for themselves.... Faderman empowers her subject; instead of allowing lesbian lifestyles to be defined from the outside, her voice and those of other women transcend destructive stereotypes and misconceptions. Odd Girls offers a lucidly written and moving narrative of lesbian culture and community during its formative years.

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Fascinating... poignant and moving... Odd Girls is full of facts and wonderful details that readers may not have encountered, things that are a pleasure to learn and that seem valuable to know.

The Washington Post Book World
One has to respect the tenacity of Lillian Faderman for making sense of the evolution of lesbian life in twentieth-century America.... This is a remarkable social history.... Her study attains the depth and evenhandedness of a scholarly classic.

— Susan Brownmiller

San Francisco Examiner

An important and challenging work for lesbians and heterosexuals alike.... Odd Girls is a key work, the point of reference which all subsequent studies of twentieth-century lesbian life in the United States will begin.

Lambda Book Report
Faderman's sweeping, mesmerizing prose accentuates the magnificent scholarship in this definitive account of lesbian life in the past 100 years.... Faderman has combined her talent and experience to accomplish this wonder.

— Barbara Grier

New York Times Book Review

A grand narrative synthesis of the cultural, social, and political history of lesbian life since the late nineteenth century.... Engaging and deeply moving stories.

The Independent

A splendid, uplifting achievement.

The Washington Post Book World - Susan Brownmiller

One has to respect the tenacity of Lillian Faderman for making sense of the evolution of lesbian life in twentieth-century America.... This is a remarkable social history.... Her study attains the depth and evenhandedness of a scholarly classic.

Lambda Book Report - Barbara Grier

Faderman's sweeping, mesmerizing prose accentuates the magnificent scholarship in this definitive account of lesbian life in the past 100 years.... Faderman has combined her talent and experience to accomplish this wonder.

Rita Mae Brown

Nothing odd about Odd Girls—it combines clear prose with meticulous research. This book is an important contribution to understanding America and its people in our time.

Lambda Book Report

Faderman's sweeping, mesmerizing prose accentuates the magnificent scholarship in this definitive account of lesbian life in the past 100 years.... Faderman has combined her talent and experience to accomplish this wonder.

— Barbara Grier

The Washington Post Book World

One has to respect the tenacity of Lillian Faderman for making sense of the evolution of lesbian life in twentieth-century America.... This is a remarkable social history.... Her study attains the depth and evenhandedness of a scholarly classic.

— Susan Brownmiller

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231074896
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Pages: 373
  • Sales rank: 801,954
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lillian Faderman is professor emerita of English at California State University, Fresno, and author of the award-winning Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present and Scotch Verdict: Miss Pirie and Miss Woods v. Dame Cumming Gordon. She is also the author of Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir and To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America -- A History, and coauthor of Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, And Lipstick Lesbians.

Columbia University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Odd girls and twilight lovers

    Excellent book. Very impressive history of lesbianism in America. I esp enjoyed chapter 7 (butches and femmes.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Sky

    She sits in a chair completely naked and sighs. "Resha when are we gonna have se.x again? I'm very horn.y right now." She touches her val.va with her finger tip, pushing into it a little.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Resha

    *moans a little*

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