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LGBTQ+ Resources in Special Collections

About pulp fiction

The term pulp fiction refers to fiction works printed in cheap wood pulp paper meant to be mass-produced and inexpensive.

Special Collections has extensive holdings of gay and lesbian pulp fiction. A keyword search gay and fiction will retrieve over 1800 titles. Most of these works have individual catalog records, and can be searched by author or title.

Gay pulp fiction: selected titles

A few well-known titles, which have all been discussed in secondary sources:

Lesbian pulp fiction: selected titles

Gay and lesbian pulp fiction: secondary works

Gay pulp fiction has become a focus of scholarship in the last 10-15 years. Titles may be located in Special Collections, in Main, or in the Fine Arts Library.