LGBT 30 Explicit Lesbian Novel Covers From The 60s That Were Way Ahead of Their Time  

Kellen Perry
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From 1935 to 1965, millions of lesbian pulp fiction novels were sold in America, aimed at a surprisingly broad readership. A lot of this mid-century lesbian erotica wasn't just meant to titillate straight men: some of these stories featured sympathetic, insightful portrayals of lesbian relationships and were even reprinted by feminist presses. But regardless of the content inside, publishers knew showing some skin on the cover would help these pocket-sized tales fly off the shelves.

Below are 30 of the most revealing lesbian novel covers from that period. Unlike some of the more inconspicuous erotic novel art the Greatest Generation may have kept on their nightstand, these covers are brazen in their efforts to arouse.

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Unnatural, 1960


Unnatural, 1960 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30 Explicit Lesbian Novel Covers From The 60s That Were Way Ahead of Their Time
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Her Private Hell, 1963


Her Private Hell, 1963 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30 Explicit Lesbian Novel Covers From The 60s That Were Way Ahead of Their Time
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Deviate Wife, 1963


Deviate Wife, 1963 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30 Explicit Lesbian Novel Covers From The 60s That Were Way Ahead of Their Time
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Live With Me, 1962


Live With Me, 1962 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30 Explicit Lesbian Novel Covers From The 60s That Were Way Ahead of Their Time
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