Duet in darkness
Duet in darkness
Mid 20th century morality tale cautioning readers against interracial relationships and lesbianism
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Lesbian Pulp Fiction Type
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Female Protagonists Meet or Introduced to the Reader
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NODL Evaluation Report
"Violates points #4-5 & 8 of Code. Has offensive racial over-tones."
Cover, Back Text
"DARK FRENZY. Fate had handed Laurie Russell a spectacular body, a temptingly tawny skin - and every bad break ever invented. She was lucky to have a job, but that was about the extent of her luck. Her husband couldn't satisfy her on any level: he couldn't earn a living or satisfy her in bed. So she looked elsewhere for fulfillment, and found it in strange, unexpected ways - ways society frowned on and called perverted. But in spite of being forbidden, that fulfillment was for Laurie a marvelous, ecstatic flowering - a true culmination of her deepest, most sensual desires. And if she had only know it, it was also a monstrous trap!" -Back cover
Cover Art Description
Two women are displayed in an indoors setting. One of them, a black woman with short, straight black hair, sits on the wooden floor in a white negligee. Her left side faces the reader, and she sits with her left leg bent at the knee and turned outward toward her back, her foot bare. Her left hand is posed on her left calf and has a ring on its ring finger. Her right hand touches the edge of a blue and black cushioned sofa to her right. Her head is turned sharply to her left, and she looks straight out at the reader with a serious expression on her face. In the background, beside her on the sofa, a redhead with straight hair to her shoulder sits, with both legs folded atop the seat, feet facing right of the image. She is wearing a short, denim skirt and a brown, sleeveless blouse with buttons at the front and a V-neck. Her left hand is blocked by the figure who sits on the floor, and her right hand is holding a cigarette, elbow rested on the back of the chair. She is almost facing the reader; her body slightly twisted to her right. Her head faces the reader, but her sight is directed toward the other woman, with a serious expression. The scene is lit with natural light coming slightly from the left, casting a shadow of the black woman on the sofa and on the brick wall in the background.
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Michaels, Rea, “Duet in darkness,” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed December 2, 2023, https://msvulpf.omeka.net/items/show/650.