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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For the entire pulp book series, see The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. Book ratings by Goodreads. The book depicts a lesbian relationship the author witnessed, ending with one of the women committing suicide.

Beebo Brinker Series

The erotic nature of the books has been noted as adding to their uniqueness. She stopped writing in Aug 09, lmc rated it really liked it. Ann Bannon retired from teaching and college administration at California State University, Sacramento, in[76] but tours the country visiting paperback-collecting conventions and speaking at colleges and universities about her writings and experiences.

As uncritical, pure pleasure with a healthy dollop of sentimentality, with an awareness of what it would mean to lesbians of the era to read something like this? My chairman told me to put the books into my promotion file, and one of my colleagues told me my file was the only one that was any fun.

And, if I recall correctly, there’s plenty of superhot supersexytime. Without brinkre a discussion Whose problem is it? Bannon did not outwardly advertise the fact that the books had been released again in her department at Sacramento State.

Ann Bannon

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 Bsebo.


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. Laura then must refashion her own life, and heads for far-away Brinkwr York City.

Sort of like the dialogue you would hear in old film noir; that just made it fun! January 14,beeebo Voices”. Maybe that’s what gave the book its pulp power when it was first published – but it doesn’t read all that well now.

At times the drama gets tedious, and I think my tendency to take characters at face value brinke left me struggling with the context that would bring Beebo to life. They have a brief relationship, after which Beth finds Laura married to Jack and with a child, then discovers Beebo as well. Inan off-off-Broadway company named The Hourglass Group produced an adaptation brinnker The Beebo Brinker Beebbo in a production that ran for a month.

Jul 24, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Venus, in turn, divulges her past loves with men and women and seduces Beebo. I didn’t know much in terms of what to expect. The concept of a lesbian identity is also explored throughout Journey to a Womanas Beth leaves her husband and children to find Laura. The morning papers unleashed rumors of Venus being a lesbian. There is the occasional nicely observed moment here and there but the second half is rather sloppy rushed, seemingly and the book beeebo steam as it maintains its automatic pilot towards the finish.

The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction — indiscussing her reaction to the artwork on her own books and the other lesbian pulp fiction books she bought and read.


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The characters, even while having to deal with the difficulty of 50’s america’s view of homosexuality they were always very adamant that there was nothing Wrong with what they were doing and it didn’t doom you to unhappiness just cause you were gay. But, as ‘real literature’, I don’t think it has transcended its era.

I think this book has potential appeal for many readers though, and I really don’t intend here to discourage anyone from approaching this material.

Scholar Andrea Loewenstein published the first in-depth review of Bannon’s books inand notes that they were “exceptionally good pulp” that caused brinkef strong feelings of sadness or anger among lesbians when they were read twenty years after being published.

Eighteen year old Beebo arrives in New York after running away from her father’s farm in Indiana. Because of course, a lesbian sorry – Lesbian affair would be a disaster for a starlet like Venus.

Here in the early 60s Bannon seemed to be asking a lot of questions about gender norms, the whole butch and beebi thing. I had never read anything that had a character anything like her, and as a butch lesbian myself, I could identify with her, schmaltzy as the books are. But she explained her fears about staying in Greenwich Village, saying.

Her books shaped lesbian identity for lesbians and heterosexuals alike, but Bannon was mostly unaware of their impact.