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Out in Paperback: A Visual History of Gay Pulps

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Out in Paperback is a wonderfully entertaining look at gay mass-market paperback cover art that throws new light on the important role of the book publishing industry in the development of gay popular culture. Richly illustrated with over a hundred covers of gay-themed “pulps” published between 1948 and 1998, this fascinating visual history provides new insights into a str ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Lester, Mason & Begg
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"Americans were introduced to the realities of homosexual life not by radio or TV, nor by The New York Times or the Mattachine Society, but by the paperback revolutions that brought gay and lesbian books into every American town."

The above quote is the primary--and extremely convincing--thesis to Young's brief overview of the gay paperback publication industry and its quick evolution over the course of the 20th century (he generally eschews lesbian lit, which has, as he acknowledges, its own sep
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Ian Young is an English-Canadian poet, editor, literary critic, and historian. An alumnus of the University of Toronto, he founded Canada's first gay publishing company, Catalyst Press, in 1970. His work has appeared in Canadian Notes & Queries, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Rites and Continuum, as well as in more than fifty anthologies. He was a regular columnist for The Body Politi ...more
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