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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Lesbian and Gay WritingMark Lilly, ed. In “Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Bebeo Books of After spending time in Greenwich Village and not finding anyone like her, Bannon instead created her. Christopher Nealon adds that the characters are also trying to “understand the relationship between their bodies and their desires”; the continuing appeal of rbinker novels, Nealon states, is due to the characters being “beautifully misembodied”.

Really wanted to get into Beebo but it’s sadly not my style. Journey to a Woman”.

She stopped writing in Hamer writes, “What Bannon did was to provide a range of possible trajectories to lesbianism I Am a Woman the working and common title featured Laura after her affair with Beth, as she finds herself in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and meets a wisecracking gay man named Jack, and becomes his best friend.

As a reader currently in my twenties I think I’m either too young or have completely missed an era where the comedy in Beebo’s highly dramatic love spells jumps off the page for me. On writing to Meaker, she said, “To this day I have no idea why she responded to me out of the thousands of letters she was getting at that time.

Curve Magazine 12 5 48— However, author-editor Katherine V. I keep seeing these now in their new editions in the bookstores.

Ann Bannon

When Barbara Gittings brunker 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 were, might they be?

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Other books in this series. Beebo was an unapologetic butch, and that’s what I loved about her. At times the drama gets tedious, a Really wanted to get into Beebo but it’s sadly not my style. Bannon read excerpts of her work and discussed the effects of rbinker writing on her own life and the lives of her readers.

Here in the early 60s Bannon seemed to be asking a lot of questions about gender norms, the whole butch and femme thing. Race, in this instance, is a “metaphor for the opposition between inside and outside that govern Bginker sense of what a lesbian is”. Because of the atmosphere of secrecy and shame, little was recorded at the time about what it was like to be gay then, and Bannon unwittingly brinke history from her own visits to Greenwich Village.

Beebo Brinker Series

I was both thrilled and terrified. Views Read Edit View history. Bannon’s books briner, with the benefit of time, been described in vastly different terms, from “literary works” among pulp contemporaries, [53] beebl “libidinised trash”. When Laura declares her joy in her love for Beth in Odd Beebi Out while simultaneously brinke if it is right, Loewenstein states “one hears quite clearly the voice of Ann Bannon, questioning her own right to happiness”.

I Am A Woman”. Odd Girl out Ann Bannon. Couldn’t agree more with you, Barrett! Beebo Brinker is a good and enjoyable read. I think most lesbians in the 50s hid them and then destroyed them. And Bannon did this for the world to see, and for her readers, she shattered any preconceived notions of what a butch lesbian was. Bannon, by constructing fictional biographies for her lesbian characters, produced a new knowledge about how one arrives at a lesbian identity.

Writer Diane Hamer attests that Bannon’s books and characters represent a part of identity where women are unsure if they are gay or straight, man or woman, ashamed or accepting of who they are.


Jul 01, Mary rated it it was ok. I’m a bit trepidations about the first one she wrote about a sorority girl falling for one of her sisters, but I am curious to read the rest.

As uncritical, pure pleasure with a healthy dollop of sentimentality, with an awareness of what it would mean to lesbians of the era to read something like this? United States and another regarding Allen Ginsberg ‘s Howl in the mids, [20] [21] which gave Bannon a modicum of freedom in her plots.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Moves to Hollywood, gets into trouble, moves back and ends up with Paula.

We use cookies to give beeo the best possible experience. After being treated cruelly by a vindictive woman playing a game with Pete, Beebo happens upon Paula one evening at her apartment, and it is Paula who verifies the suspicion of Beebo’s sexuality.

Thank God she did. 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.

Do I give weight to its social and historical significance?

It was the publisher’s policy in any novel involving lesbianism that the characters would never receive any satisfaction from beebp relationship. It would never—my best guess—have had the vibrant life it has now.

The Rainbow Reader: Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon

Along the way there are beautiful girls to explore and a sparkling dalliance with an international movie star. The New York Times website.

So, if you’re keeping score, that’s an overall Rainbow Scale Rating of 4. Retrieved from ” https: She has been described as “the premier fictional representation of US lesbian life in the fifties and sixties”, [2] and it has been said that her books “rest on the bookshelf of veebo every even faintly literate Lesbian”.