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Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969

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In the scandalous world of pulp fiction in the 1950s and into the 60s, detectives, gangsters, and mad doctors were joined on the racks by bad girls, dissolute youths, drug-crazed beatniks, and other assorted miscreants and misfits. Where romance met with soft porn there was also a surprisingly large population of butch brunettes pursuing and seducing blond femmes. This was ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Studio
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Andy
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: pulp fiction, clit-erature
I love vintage pulp fiction covers regardless of the subject or sexual persuasion, cool art is cool art. As the dateline in the title suggests, the covers in the book are from the golden age of sexual taboo'ed novels.

Some of the great artists that painted these covers are Robert Maguire, Barye Philips, Paul Rader and the king himself, Robert McGinnis. Some of the titles to the books are: Coming Out Party, The Doctor & The Dike, Man Hater, Strumpet's Jungle, The Price Was Perversity, Whisper
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Susana
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is now the only book that I own and it will travel with me from place to place. The subject matter is fascinating, the reproductions of the books covers are great and I found the author's comments interesting. I especially liked the foreword by Ann Bannon. A very enjoyable history lesson.
Jessica
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wish there'd been a bit more text, but the art shared was well worth the time I took to read this work.
HeavyReader
Oct 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, queer
I read Chris Robinson's copy while I was staying at her house.

This book is mostly eye candy. There is a forward from Ann Bannon (of Beebo Brinker fame) and an introduction by Jaye Zimet, as well as snippets of her commentary about some of the covers, but as the tag line on the front says, this book is focused on the art (primarily the cover art) of lesbian pulp fiction.

There is much cleavage, sexy underwear, and smoldering looks. More hilarious than the visuals are the words on the cover meant t
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Steven
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, film-noir-theory
Another collection of lurid pulp fiction paperback cover art. Nice forward by Ann Bannion - author of more than a few of the books represented in this collection - which focuses on the incongruity of the covers vs. the content of the books. Jay Zimet’s introduction picks up on Bannion’s theme but also essays some semiotic readings of the covers, noting, for example, the typical portrayals of butch vs. femme.

The 200 covers in the collection are divided into categories such as “Women Alone,” “Stra
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are going to do a book about covers of something, this is basically the way to do it. The book has a regular introduction and a foreword. Each section of the book has its own short intro. There are numerous photos of pulp covers of lesbian novels, and each one of these has some information added underneath the photo.

All of these together make this a very excellent reference source. The photos are also large enough to be easily viewable, another positive point in the books favor. Overall a
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Amris
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-lit
This book is a fantastic catalog of lesbian pulp novels from 1949-1969. Zimet does not only displays cover art of the novels, but also proivides insight into the politics of publication, the tropes that plagued both the stories and covers of the genre, and addresses the male gaze. I used this book as a kind of bibliography for a paper I wrote about the subject and it was an incredibly valuable resource.
Lissa
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting collection of various lesbian pulp fiction covers from the 1950s and 1960s. The foreword is by Ann Bannon, the "queen of lesbian pulp," and quotes from the various books showcased in this book are sprinkled throughout. There's also a small list of resources for those who are interested in collecting such books.
Memes
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
Good commentary, excellent selection, and awesome foreword! I liked the little blurbs under each cover. Some of the variations of the same story (aka: the original edition + republications' covers) were not as interesting since they were similar, but was fun overall.
Whitney
Jun 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of pulp fiction
This book is hilarious. Not a whole lot of reading, more of a coffee table book.
Marissa
Sep 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-lit, art, crime
Hilarious captions and a kick ass introduction from Ann Bannon about how publishing companies pushed for covers that would interest men despite a mostly female readership of lesbian pulp.
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