Originaly published in 1951 and captioned as the first lesbian pulp. The introduction of this book by the author comes out as an apology. In it she quotes a conversation she has with her publisher about how she wants to write a story about her experiences at boarding school, he tells her she can write the book as long as it's set in college, not school, and that it's very clear in everyone's minds that Lesbian is a BAD THING, and that there is no happy endings. Despite this the book still sold 1.5 million initially, much better than the estimated 400,000.
The book is quite terrifying. I think I much prefer Radclyff Hall. But I think that's because 50s sorority girls might be everything I despise most. The book describes the young (butch) girl joining the sorority, they don't think much of her looks but because her dad's a millionaire they decide to let her in anyway. She quickly falls in love with the house queen, who it turns out is also gay but hides it by sleeping with her boyfriend. There are some really horrible parts to read in here, from the required date rape the pledges go through, to the attitudes towards sex, the veiled references to sexual abuse and the breakdown of the main character. All told though the writing style is not as open or as honest as Ann Brannon. I felt sorry for the characters living in that hell and I found it quite moving. I ended up feeling very sorry for the sorority queen, or anyone stuck in that lifestyle and culture. She should have moved to Greenwich and hung out with the other lesbians and the beats....Continua