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Beebo Brinker

Beebo Brinker [Kindle Edition]

Ann Bannon
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The classic 1950s love story from the Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction, and author of Odd Girl Out, I Am a Woman, Women in the Shadows, Journey to a Woman and Beebo Brinker

She never knew what she wanted – until she came to Greenwich Village and found the love that smolders in the shadows of the twilight world.

Taking a pseudonym in the interest of privacy, Bannon wrote her first book, Odd Girl Out, as a coming-of-age novel that involved love between college sorority sisters. When an editor singled-out the school-girl romance as her story's most compelling feature, the book was re-written for a lesbian pulp fiction audience. Unlike most pulps, however, Bannon broke with tradition by avoiding sensationalistic plots in favour of emotionally engaged character development.
Odd Girl Out enjoyed tremendous success, inspiring other ground-breaking works, most notably Beebo Brinker. Her sensitive renderings of sexuality also won Bannon a devoted following among isolated lesbians everywhere.

"I got nice letters from a lot of really lovely women, and women who were hurting a lot, and women all over the country," Bannon remarks. "So many saying, 'Thank God I finally got connected with somebody who really knows what this is about.' " The character of Beebo is among the most-loved lesbians ever to appear in gay and lesbian fiction. "I never met Beebo in the flesh, but she was part of my daydreams from a very early time," Bannon says of her ultra-butch protagonist.


Beebo Brinker is a butch 17-year-old farm girl, newly arrived in Greenwich Village during the Beat era, after being kicked out of her Wisconsin home town for wearing her brother's clothes to the State Fair. With nowhere to turn she is befriended at once by Jack Mann, a lonely, thirtysomething gay man who teaches wide-eyed Beebo the ropes of queer living. Together they explore the underground Village bars, where she finds 'love that smoulders in the shadows of the twilight world' falling for a glamour girl among the Bohemian set.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2897 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1573441252
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Spice (1 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Inspirational, Entertaining! 1 May 2008
Just look at that cover! That's a sure sign you're going to be getting a good book. I read Ann Bannon's `Beebo Brinker' recently for my Literature degree, and it is, quite simply, THE best book I have read for at least a year. I've never really understood before when people ay they get "lost" in the words of a book, but that is exactly what happens with this one. It makes for compulsive reading and once started it is very difficult to put down. The plot is fast placed and Bannon's characterisation is amazing. In particular the beautiful and wry Venus Borgardus, whose sophistication and wit resonates though her dialogue: the kind of person who when asked "Do you even know what the inside of the refrigerator looks like?" answers "Of course, darling! I look at it every evening when I put the champagne in to cool". In many ways Venus is the novel's heroine, who is forced to choose between the insatiable call of desire or fame and financial security.

In discussion we found that an unusually large spectrum of people really enjoyed this book: guys and girls, gay and straight, which just demonstrates its wide appeal. But this book (any any other of Ann Bannons books in the series for that matter)! Ann Bannon is an amazing writer who is finally getting the recognition she deserves!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beebo Gets Her Own Book 14 Jan 2010
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At last, the fifth and last book in the series and we find out all about Beebo. Although this was the last one published it is in reality the first chronologically speaking. We start off with Beebo arriving in the Village, all wide-eyed and innocent. Reading all the other novels it is hard to imagine a time before Beebo was ever not in Greenwich Village, but yes she was once the newbie in town.

Jack, the other mainstay of the Village comes across Beebo and befriends her, taking her in and getting her a job. Poor old Beebo still hasn't come out about loving girls, but with Jack taking her aroud the Village's nighlife she soon comes out. What an impression Beebo makes among the women as well, tall, big-boned and manly there are a lot of women who want her. Her employer, Pete who likes to bed lesbians also wants to have her. With her first lover, Paula, Beebo looks like she may have settled down to a quiet life in the Village, but things are about to change. When Beebo meets the movie star Venus Bogardus she automatically falls in love, and when Venus offers her the chance to go live with her in Hollywood of course she jumps at it.

Venus' husband, her director and press agent as well as her husband has his work cut out for him. Having to put up with Venus' love affairs and trying to keep them out of the public eye is hard work, but trying to keep a lesbian affair secret is even harder. With Pete and Mona, two people that have not been able to get in Beebo's knickers in the Village vowing revenge, can Beebo and Venus' affair be kept secret for long?

Beebo may only be a teenager but she has to grow up fast, and become wiser than her years would usually dictate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars worth a look 8 Feb 2007
By Chaz
I had to read this text for my English Literature course and I really enjoyed it and found it difficult to put down. When people found out what I was reading they were quite surprised as I myself am straight, but in my opinion the text challenges the stereotypical view of femininity and its construction, and if your interested in reading different genres that arent too heavy going and difficult to read, then its definately worth a look at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beebo Brinkef 6 Jan 2013
By M
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Insightful and emotionally arousing.

The stories of each character and the characters themselves literally come to life.

Hauntingly believable.

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5.0 out of 5 stars classic 1950s with a twist 17 April 2007
By Colombian Kitten - Published on
First things first, I'm still in the process of coming out...

Secondly, I have been a bookworm ever since I can remember. I grew up reading the likes of Nancy Drew and Babysitter's Club (Ann M. Martin) and daydreaming about the heroines, wishing they weren't straight.

I am so happy I found this book. I absolutely loved it. It was very descriptive, from the pizza place to her night watching the girls dance.

I could not put it down until there were no more pages left to devour.

The characters were strong & deliciously human.

I wish I knew about this series when I was a teenager; I would have gladly snuck over to whatever side of town just to get to these books, hid them underneath my mattress with my diary...

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the 1950s lesbian pulp fiction novels 6 May 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Beebo Brinker is a one of the best of the lesbian pulp fiction novels from the 1950s, and is here reprinted in all its original steamy charm and vivacious energy. Sensual, with a timeless insight into love, lust, and relationship conflicts between women, Beebo Brinker is an enduring title as erotic and compelling today as it was when its was originally published some fifty years ago.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesbian Pulp Fiction at it's finest! 22 Jun 2001
By Holly R Eaton - Published on
Although not a very difficult read, this book glimpses into the lives of gays and lesbians during the period before Stonewall, and the sexual revolution. I felt that it was a very interesting way to learn to about the lifestyles of gays and lesbians during that time period, and on top of that it was a great story that makes you want to read it from cover to cover.
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down 11 Mar 2014
By amy elizabeth marceaux - Published on
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I had to get this book for a gender studies class, but I'm glad I did. Great, easy read, and lighter than some other lesbian novels out there. yay.
4.0 out of 5 stars Social and historic significance, yeah, and also a damn fine read 4 Feb 2014
By Cheyenne Blue - Published on
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“Beebo Brinker” is described as ‘lesbian pulp fiction’. Written in 1962 by Ann Bannon, it is a prequel to the immensely popular series featuring this character. The series is one huge stepping stone along the path of gay and lesbian acceptance in the community.

It’s hard to know how to approach this review. Do I treat it solely as a reading experience, from my present day perspective? Do I give weight to its social and historical significance? Do I allow my emotions and heart to weigh in and give a subjective “me” review? (Well, I always do that, so I’m not going to change there).

The series has been republished by the ever-awesome Cleis Press. “Beebo Brinker’, although written last, is chronologically the first in the series. Having never read any of these before, I elected to start here.

Let me say I was quite fond of Beebo as a character. It’s hard not to feel sympathy for the awkward girl driven away from her rural home town, coming friendless and nearly penniless to New York. It’s easy to fall under the sway of her “boyish handsome face and muscular figure” and her wit and naivety. It’s harder to feel sympathy for the Beebo who treats her girlfriend (the doormat that is Paula Ash) with the same disrespect and callousness that rouses her ire when she observes her boss treating his wife the same way. But then there is so much stress on the mannish Beebo in these pages, and this was how many men treated their little women in the 1950s. See what I mean about Beebo-as-historical-document? (I will not make a Galaxy Quest reference here, oh no I won’t).

From my present day perspective, clichéd characters abound, there are a lot of early declarations of love (I remember at least three), and there’s a bit of unfinished business in the plot. But it doesn’t matter. Beebo-as-historical document again, in this case lesbian pulp fiction of the 1950s. It is what it is.

I enjoyed reading this. Sure, it dragged a little at times, and I had to make a conscious effort to overlook some things that made my present-day reading eye tsk tsk a little, and a bigger effort to overlook other things that made my present-day feminist-equality eye narrow in disgust, but the book as a whole? 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? Loved it.

Hey Beebo! Never give up! Never surrender!
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