By Ann Bannon
Ann Bannon was once targeted the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp” for authoring numerous landmark novels within the ’50s. not like many writers of the interval, even though, Bannon broke during the disgrace and isolation in most cases portrayed in lesbian pulps, providing as an alternative characters who embraced their sexuality. With Beebo Brinker, Bannon introduces a butch 17-year-old farm woman newly arrived in Beat-era Greenwich Village.
A “prequel” to the [Beebo Brinker Chronicles]. even though it was once written final within the sequence, this tale brings Beebo from the hayfields of Wisconsin to New York’s Greenwich Village.
Published by way of -
Gold Medal Books, 1962
Naiad Press, 1983
Cleis Press, 2001
"For modern readers the books supply a necessary list of homosexual and lesbian lifestyles within the Nineteen Fifties. so much are set in Greenwich Village, and Ms. Bannon's descriptions of bars, golf equipment and house events vividly evoke a vanished neighborhood. Her characters even have ancient worth. while so much lesbians in pulp are stereotypes who get punished for his or her wishes, Beebo and her neighbors are accessibly human. Their struggles with love and relationships are engrossing at the present time, and part a century in the past they have been revolutionary."
— big apple Times
"Little did Bannon recognize that her tales could develop into legends, inspiring numerous fledgling dykes to flock to the Village, dog-eared copies of her books in hand, to discover their very own Beebos and Lauras and others who shared the affection they dared no longer name."
— San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Bannon's books seize you and don't allow go."
— Village Voice
Ann Bannon is the writer of a chain of 5 lesbian pulp novels referred to as “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles.” Written from 1957 to 1962, the books have been bestsellers after they have been first published, and feature had extraordinary durability, particularly for style fiction. they've been released in 3 diversified variations and in numerous languages, and are usually taught in women’s experiences and LGBT reviews classes. The books’ recognition and effect have earned Ann Bannon the identify of “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction,” in addition to various awards for pioneering homosexual and lesbian literature.
Ann Bannon’s books were tailored right into a play “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles,” through Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman. The play opened Off-Broadway at 37 Arts in March 2008 for a ten-week run, after a winning Off-Off Broadway creation by way of The Hourglass team in 2007. the hot York instances known as Beebo Brinker Chronicles “Fabulous!” and the play gained the 2008 GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance opposed to Defamation) Media Award. A West Coast debut at Brava Theater in San Francisco and a Buffalo United Artists Theater creation in Buffalo, new york in February/March 2010. A Seattle creation of Beebo Brinker Chronicles opens in September 2011.
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Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon