Third street (The)

The Third Street front cover. The cover shows a night scene, outdoors in a city or town street. Two women, their backs to the reader, walk holding hands. The one on the left is a blonde with hair flipped outwards at her shoulders. She is wearing a yellow, sleeveless dress with an adjusted waist, and black, high heels. She carries a clutch-type black handbag in her left hand and her head is turned sharply to her right, looking straight out at the other woman, a brunette with short hair who is wearing a black blouse with long sleeves, brown pants tapered at the ankles, and black low heels. Her right arm is extended downwards. The street looks wet and there are buildings, some neon signs and a lamp post in the background. The scene is lit from the top right.
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Third street (The)

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A paperback original. This book was published as a mass-market paperback without a hardcover printing.

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156 pages
18 cm

Female Protagonists Meet or Introduced to the Reader

Meeting Notes

Pat and Karen meet when Karen models for Pat, an artist.

Want to borrow a newer edition of this book?

An excerpt was reprinted in Forrest, Katherine V. Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels 1950-1965. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 2005.

This Book is Discussed in

Tooth Murphy, Amy. "The Kitchen: Lesbian Pulp Fiction's Radical Conventionalism." Queering the Interior, edited by M. Cook & A. Gorman-Murray, Home, Bloomsbury, 2018, pp. 51-63

NODL Evaluation Report

"As the book ends it leaves four main characters known sex perverts successful in business and seemingly happy with no indication that there is anything reprehensible in that way of life."

More information about contested books

Contested in the U.S.A and Canada by the National Organization for Decent Literature. It was listed in the NODL Newsletter from 7-21-1964 until August 1965.
Appears in the 1964 Register of Prohibited Publications issued by the Irish Censorship Board.

Cover, Front Text

The street where no questions were asked.
The street where few men were ever seen.

Cover, Back Text

Gay street.
This was the street where they came ... the lonely and the love-starved, the lovely and the promiscuous, seeking new thrills, searching for a partner ... a special kind of partner
This was where they met ... the tormented female artist and the amoral young model, bearing their secret needs and feeding their secret hungers ... needs and hungers condemned by society.
They walked together into a world of exotic evil.

Cover Art Description

The cover shows a night scene, outdoors in a city or town street. Two women, their backs to the reader, walk holding hands. The one on the left is a blonde with hair flipped outwards at her shoulders. She is wearing a yellow, sleeveless dress with an adjusted waist, and black, high heels. She carries a clutch-type black handbag in her left hand and her head is turned sharply to her right, looking straight out at the other woman, a brunette with short hair who is wearing a black blouse with long sleeves, brown pants tapered at the ankles, and black low heels. Her right arm is extended downwards. The street looks wet and there are buildings, some neon signs and a lamp post in the background. The scene is lit from the top right.

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Item Relations

Item: Midwood Tower Publications Publisher This Item
Item: Rader, Paul image This Item
Item: Ellis, Julie (Joan Ellis) Creator This Item

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Citation

Ellis, Joan, “Third street (The),” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed September 30, 2022, https://msvulpf.omeka.net/items/show/572.