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┬áreprinted┬áby 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
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