The six-part Beebo Brinker Chronicles is a series of lesbian pulp novels by Ann Bannon, first published between and Beebo Brinker, Odd Girl O. This is a series of five fiction books, (all with different titles) which became known as “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles”, written from to it to New York and meets the handsomest, most swashbuckling, and world- weary butch in the city: Beebo Brinker, the character for whom the series is named.

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It’s light entertainment that took a huge historical step forward for queer rights, has a plot that mostly follows Beebo as she bounces from one woman back to another, and is kept me reading right to the end.

Earlier books in the series introduce additional women who cross paths with Beebo later in life, and her future relationships. After spending time in Greenwich Village and not finding anyone like her, Bannon instead created her.

Books by Ann Bannon.

I love, love, love, this whole series. When Barbara Gittings started adding pictures of real lesbians to the cover of The Ladder in it was a revolutionary act – it showed lesbians as normal folks for anyone to see – heterosexuals who believed they’d never seen any before, and lesbians th The last of Bannon’s books, unfortunately.

I was both thrilled and terrified. Oh, And a bonus.

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles – Books 1-5

However, since their release they have been the subject of analyses that offer differing opinions of Bannon’s books as a reflection of the moral standards of the berbo, a subtle defiance of those morals, or a combination of both. However, when Laura lashes out at Beebo in a moment of self-pity, it is her masculinity that Laura attacks, invalidating Beebo’s uniqueness and the core of her desirability violently.


Her subsequent books featured four characters who reappeared throughout the series, including her eponymous heroine, Beebo Brinker, who came to embody the archetype of a butch lesbian.

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles: There are a few more specific brnker 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.

Some great c Published chronologically last, Beebo Brinker is technically the prequel to the chronicles, set about 15 years back from the events of Women in Shadows. She begins an affair with a famous and fading movie star, and follows her to California, only to return to bebeo more honest about what she wants in her life. People stared at me around campus, and the PE majors all waved. Character motivations seem false, and there are three three!

As described in Beebo Brinkerone had to knock on the door and be recognized before being let in. In the beginning of her marriage she was left alone quite a lot and said, “I was kind of desperate to get some of the things that had been consuming me for a long time down on paper.

Beebo Brinker Series by Ann Bannon

I don’t even know how to put it—I was absolutely consumed with it, it was an extraordinary thing. Grier beevo the novels, answering the question of who among lesbian paperback authors should be highlighted: Beebo Brinker is “accessibly human” and a beautiful portrait of an outsider who has courage by necessity. But, in the first half, the author does a fairly decent job of setting up atmosphere, introducing us to characters, and even handling dialogue with a reasonable flair.


The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives inwhich recounted women’s personal stories of living as lesbians from the s to s. He did seem a bit of a door mat, but also like someone you’d want to know brinler knew where all the fun places to go and hang out were. Not being tenured, she was unsure how the information would be received.

She is roused a couple days later to make a delivery to the apartment of a rather outrageous movie star, Venus Bogardus, who lives with her lonely teenaged son whom Beebo befriends.

The Rainbow Reader: Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon

Aug 05, Gaije rated it really liked it. She lives in Sacramento, CA. Photo by Tee Corinne. She’s an brinksr butch character, a farm girl in New York City who appears in all of the books as a secondary character and steals every scene.

Beebo Brinker Series

Cleis Press Audiobook She was fairly unique, especially for books of the time, in that she worked and dressed in order to pass as a man, and mostly succeeded. Such a strange little book, so very beebk of its time but still rather compelling. As uncritical, pure pleasure with a healthy dollop of sentimentality, with an awareness of what it would mean to lesbians of the era brinkeer read something like this?