News release from the Stonewall Library & Archives:
STONEWALL LIBRARY & ARCHIVES DEBUTS NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORING GAY AND LESBIAN PULP FICTION, 1935-1969
Pulp Fiction: A book printed on cheap paper and dealing with sensational material.
Beginning March 1, 2010, a new exhibition organized by Stonewall Library & Archives, Concentrated Juice: Gay Pulp 1935-1969, will be on view in the Charles L. Ross Gallery of the Stonewall Museum, 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
In the late 1930s, publishers began issuing inexpensive paperbacks. Shakespeare could be read for less than fifty cents. By the mid-1940s, genre novels-westerns, mysteries, crime, romance-appeared as original paperbacks. The paper used for these inexpensive books was unrefined, the pulp of the wood not processed into a sleek surface. And pulp fiction was born.
It was not long before paperbacks moved on to original novels about new subjects that riled society, such as juvenile delinquency. And homosexuality.
The pulp paper was not the only thing cheap about the new genre of pocket books. Publishers seemed to spring up overnight-and disappear just as fast.
This exhibition is drawn entirely from the books of this genre in the collection of Stonewall Archives.
Concentrated Juice: Gay Pulp 1935-1969 will be on view at Stonewall from March 1- May 11, 2010. The opening reception will take place Monday, March 1, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.
Through our collections, programs and services, Stonewall Library & Archives documents, explores and honors the GLBT past while striving to inform, inspire and engage this and the next generation of our community's leaders.
Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.