This page lists books from the 1950s through the early 1970s. Not all of them are technically pulp fiction, as for example The Price of Salt was originally published in hardback and was later released as a pulp type paperback. While most of these were considered “lesbian pulp” merely by the fact that two women were involved with each other sexually or romantically, we would define many of the women as bi-sexual. Despite the exploitative nature of much of lesbian pulp, there are some surprisingly good reads available, usually written by women who were themselves bi or lesbian, and who tried to make the most of subverting the publishing restrictions of the time.
Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon [lesbian pulp] – Okay
I Am a Woman by Ann Bannon [lesbian pulp] – No
Journey to a Woman by Ann Bannon [lesbian pulp] – Recommended
Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon [lesbian pulp] – Recommended
Spring Fire by Vin Packer [lesbian pulp] – Recommended
The Price of Salt by Claire Morgan [lesbian pulp] – Recommended
Women in the Shadows by Ann Bannon [lesbian pulp] – No
Women’s Barracks by Tereska Torres [pulp with a couple lesbian characters] – Okay
[Note: Several of the books on this list are available as ebooks from the Olympia Press website. They are in the public domain and cheap, usually only a dollar. They are poorly proofed OCR conversions, but for a buck one can’t be too picky.]
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