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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Overwhelmed with her discovery, Beebo is infatuated in turn with the vixen Mona Petry, the sweet femme Paula Ash, and the famous actress Venus Bogardus. Later, she earned a doctorate in linguistics and became an academic. And yes, it’s pulp fiction, all about colorful characters making friends and enemies of each other, but it isn’t garish.

Views Read Edit View history. Sure, it dragged a little at times, and I had to make a conscious brinjer to overlook some things that made my present-day reading eye tsk tsk a little, and a bigger effort to overlook other things that made my present-day feminist-equality eye narrow in disgust, but the book as a whole?

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To be slightly fair, he was at the end of his tether and Beebo was just the last in a long string of blatant affairs from his wife. Bannon often admits to being surprised by this, explaining that she had no such aspirations when she was writing Odd Girl Out: Inan off-off-Broadway company named The Hourglass Group produced an adaptation of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles in a production that ran for a month.

She took comfort in a vibrant imaginary befbo during this time and found solace in writing. Character motivations seem false, and there are three three!

Ann Bannon – Wikipedia

Carroll told her to brrinker it back and focus on the two characters who had an affair. Such a strange little book, so very very of its time but still rather compelling.


Really wanted to get into Beebo but it’s sadly not my style. At times the drama gets tedious, a Really wanted to get into Beebo but it’s sadly not my style. She stated later, “It began to be very painful. ONE, 9 7 6— After spending time in Greenwich Village and not finding anyone like her, Bannon instead created her. The essential guide to more than pulp pioneers and mass-market masters.

Her subsequent books featured four characters who reappeared throughout the series, including her eponymous heroine, Beebo Brinker, who came to embody the archetype of a butch lesbian. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Venus, in turn, divulges her past loves with men and women and seduces Beebo. Retrieved on February 19, At the time I denied it fiercely, but I really think I beat myself up horribly, in ways I’ll never know.

The books made for cheap, easy reading that could be discarded at the end of a trip at very little cost to the customer.

Beebo Brinker – Wikipedia

What Bannon did was very similar with this book. He did seem a bit of a door mat, but also like someone you’d want to know who knew where all the fun places to go and hang out were.

It was pretty revolutionary for it’s time, however, and it’s refreshing to read Bannon’s adoring descriptions of Beebo’s butch-ness. There were a few wallbangers of prejudice and, well, datedness, but they weren’t too bad, surprisingly. Regardless it’s worth a read, though I must admit I’m in no hurry to explore the rest of the series. Letters began to pour in for her from all over the country.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Unwilling to live in secret with Venus, Beebo returns to New York to recover while Venus and her husband appear happily in public. Book ratings by Goodreads. Ann Weldy born September 15,better known by her pen name Ann Bannonis an American author who, from tobebo six lesbian pulp fiction novels known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles.


Bannon’s publisher titled the book. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

The Unashamed Brihker of Lesbian Lives When Barbara Gittings started adding pictures of real lesbians to the cover of The Ladder in it was a revolutionary act – it showed lesbians as normal folks for anyone to see – heterosexuals who believed they’d never seen any before, and lesbians themselves who were questioning who they brinoer, might they be?

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In Odd Girl OutLaura Landon’s resistance to the idea that she may be homosexual lies in her own concept of femininity rather than any repugnance for loving women. It was one of the things Beebo admired most in him. Bannon witnessed a younger sorority sister’s unabashed infatuation with the older sister. It takes a bit more obvious hint dropping for her to realize that he’s gay too!

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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. Bannon said, “Both books completely obsessed me for the better part of two years. Salem West December 25, at 7: The characters and their stories served as an extension of the fantasy life Bannon developed as a child. Jul 24, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Brinnker Books of Dec 08, Caty rated it liked it.

Both were approved by the publisher in order to be as suggestive brknker lurid as possible.

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