Forbidden Loves and Secret Lusts: Selections from the Golden Age of Queer Pulp Fiction (exhibit)

Ongoing through Friday, October 7, 2022

This exhibit, opening during Pride Month, spotlights a selection of the hundreds of queer pulp novels from the early 1950s – late 1970s that inhabit the Rose Library’s LGBTQ collections. The exhibit includes a copy of the earliest paperback original with a plot focused on gay men and classics by the queen of lesbian pulp, Ann Bannon. One part of the exhibit focuses on the striking book covers and the artists who created them.

These pulp novels ranged from poor quality erotica to campy parodies of mainstream spy thrillers to sensitive, well-written accounts of self-discovery and queer individuals trying to build a life in a deeply homophobic and hostile time. Though the quality and content were inconsistent, for many queer Americans these pulp novels were the first time they had seen themselves represented in any kind of mainstream media. Open weekdays to the public at no charge (closed June 20 and July 4). For more information and hours:


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