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

From 1935 to 1965, millions of pulp fiction novels were sold in America, aimed at a surprisingly broad readership. A lot of this mid-century erotica wasn’t just meant to titillate straight men: some of these stories featured sympathetic, insightful portrayals of 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.

 

Unnatural, 1960

Her Private Hell, 1963


Deviate Wife, 1963


Live With Me, 1962


Counterfeit Lesbian, 1963


21 Gay Street, 1960


Lesbian Hell, 1963


Perfume And Pain, 1962


Strange Breed, 1960


The Third Sex Syndrome, 1962


We Walk Alone, 1955


Degraded Women, 1962


Different, 1960


Intimate, 1961


Sex Sorority, 1963


Sally, 1959


The Golden Cage, 1959


Moment Of Desire, 1962


A Bit Of Fluff, 1963


Gay Scene, 1962


Return To Lesbos, 1963


The Path Between, 1961


Flesh For Hire, 1963


Love Like A Shadow, 1962


Shame And Joy , 1960


Pajama Party, 1963


Party Girls, 1963


Queer Patterns, 1959


The Hands Of Love, 1962

Torrid Wench, 1963