The six-part Beebo Brinker Chronicles is a series of lesbian pulp novels by Ann Bannon, first published between and Beebo Brinker, Odd Girl O. This is a series of five fiction books, (all with different titles) which became known as “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles”, written from to 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.

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Archived from the original on September 27, Do I give weight to its social and historical significance?

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Mar 27, Jill rated it liked it. After spending time in Greenwich Village and not finding anyone like her, Bannon instead created her. Apparently she was a sorority girl who got married after college and then realised, a little too late, that perhaps she wanted something else, and started to write pulp stories about lesbians while she was waiting for her kids to grow up so she could leave her husband.

Lambda Book Report 10 7 6— Each edition was adorned with a different cover. They wrote to me in thousands, asking me to confirm these wonderful things, which I gladly did—even though I felt only marginally better informed than they were.

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Then, inBarbara Grier of the lesbian publishing company Naiad Press actively tracked Bannon down and reissued the books in new covers. Cleis Press It’s purest pulp, and rather ridiculous, but I just loved Beebo and Jack.

It is the last in a series of pulp fiction novels that eventually came to be known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. Those women of that era who lived openly like that were heroic. Although it can easily be read first, as it’s actually a prequel. Definitely worth the read. I read this so long ago This page was last edited on 4 Octoberat And Bannon did this for the world to see, and for her readers, she shattered any preconceived notions of what a butch lesbian was.


Both were approved by the publisher in order to be as suggestive and lurid as possible. They became her “fantasy friends” whose loves and lives she witnessed and through which she lived her own life vicariously, helping her through a difficult marriage, and a longing for a life she did not feel she was free to live.

Dec 08, Caty rated it liked it. Because of the atmosphere of secrecy and shame, little was recorded at the time about what it was like to be gay then, and Bannon unwittingly recorded history from her own visits to Greenwich Village.

Lesbian pulp fiction LGBT history. At the University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign she belonged to Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority [6] where she befriended a beautiful older sorority sister, “the prettiest I had ever seen”, quite popular with men and with women. She took comfort in a vibrant imaginary life during this time and found solace in writing. However, since their release they have been the subject of analyses that offer differing opinions of Bannon’s books as a reflection of the moral standards of the decade, a subtle defiance of those morals, or a combination of both.

Laura, blond and passionate, contrasts with Tris, who is dark but emotionally detached. The Beebo Brinker Chronicle s are six books in all, first published between and Newer Post Older Post Home. 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.

Thus, it starts out really well when she’s a baby dyke and then sort of tends toward harlequin silliness later. Venus, in turn, divulges her past loves with men and women and seduces Beebo.

Beebo happens to meet a stunning Jayne Mansfield-esque actress and goes gaga for her – even moves to California to work her way into the actress’ mainly heterosexual, Hollywood lifestyle. In “Lesbian Pulp Fiction: Moves to Hollywood, gets heebo trouble, moves back and ends up with Paula.


Bannon’s characters became archetypes in bebo lesbian community when there were no role models. Lesbian and Gay WritingMark Lilly, ed. He was interested enough in the money she made from them, however, but had forbidden her to use her married surname, not wishing to see it on a book cover with art of questionable taste.

Retrieved on Beebp 19, Anyway, I eventually was able to track most of them down I think it was Naiad that reissued them with the blue and white covers — the originals were wonderfully lurid. She was just, quite literally, the butch of my dreams. To them some of it looks negative and some of it looks depressing. Beinker for beautiful books? When Laura declares her joy in her love for Beth in Odd Girl Out while simultaneously questioning if it is right, Loewenstein states “one hears quite clearly the voice of Ann Bannon, questioning her own right to happiness”.

Sacramento State University State Hornet. Police raided bars and arrested everyone within regularly; [60] [61] a raid on a gay bar prompted the seminal Stonewall riots in that started the gay rights movement.

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Paperbackpages. Because of the low quality of production, they earned the brinkrr pulp fiction. So, if you’re keeping score, that’s an overall Rainbow Scale Rating of 4. I don’t even know how to put it—I was absolutely consumed with it, it was an extraordinary thing.