Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Let's Get Physical: Lesbian pulp fiction

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 23, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: lesbian fiction, lesbian pulp fiction, lesbian romances, pulp fiction

Fun cover from the late 50s/early 60s. "Peggy Swenson" was a pseudonym used by science fiction author Richard E Geis when he wrote pulp sex books (he penned over 100 of them!).

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Ah, another Richard E. Geis novel. You know, of course, from the wording on the cover that it had to be a male author of that period (the sixties).

It was the same with female authors. Back then it was basically impossible to get a novel published that portrayed homosexuality in a positive way. It was censorship. The publisher just didn't touch it. So, in almost all cases, the protagonists lived miserable lives, fell in with bad people, committed suicide, etc.

Besides, authors don't have control over covers, blurbs and, back then, titles.

You can also see that the girl lifting the bar bells has high heels on...interesting.

Isn't that how you work out, Leone?