Before the "Golden Age": Early 20th Century Lesbian Writing

While lesbian literature was a relative rarity during the early half of the twentieth century, a handful of titles stand out as exceptions. These titles, which were often subjected to ridicule, scandal and censorship, found new audiences during the 1950s with the rise of what has been termed the “Golden Age” of lesbian pulp fiction. Novels, like Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness (1928), Gale Wilhelm's modernist text We Too Are Drifting (1935), and Diana Frederics's Diana: A Strange Autobiography (1939), were reprinted and repackaged as lesbian pulp, complete with the lurid covers and tantalizing synopses.

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