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