Designated the Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction for authoring five landmark vels beginning in 1957, Ann Bann's work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bann broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embrace their sexuality against great odds. With Beebo Brinker, Bann introduces the title character, a butch 17-year-old farm girl newly arrived in New York after she is driven from her Wisconsin home town for wearing drag to the State Fair. Befriended by the gay Jack Mann, a father-figure with a weakness for runaways, Beebo sets out to find love. She never knew what she wanted - until she came to Greenwich Village and found the love that smoulders in the shadows of the twilight world. 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. Sexy, dangerous, and often touching, Beebo Brinker's search for love takes her from password-protected 1950s lesbian bars to the glamour and ritz of Hollywood and back. Chronicling the reality of 1950s lesbian life through Ann Bann's dreamy butch, Beebo Brinker is an astounding and engaging read.
Ann Bannon (Ann Weldy) is the author of five novels published in the 1950s and 60s. Inspired by the success of the first ever lesbian pulp novel - Spring Fire by Vin Packer - Bannon took up writing as a twentysomething wife and mother who wrote during her spare time. But the success of her books brought her more attention than she wanted, and fearing that she might lose custody of her children, she decided to stop writing.