Chris

Chris front cover. The face of a blond woman with head leaned back looking directly toward the reader and bathed in a red light dominates the image on all the edges, as a background. Her mouth is in rest and her eyes are half-closed. To the bottom right, and partially covering the blonde's face, another figure of a blonde is seen, with her back to the reader. She has long, wavy hair, bangs hanging over her eyebrows. Her body is twisted to the front and left, and her head hangs down to the left, equally turned and with eye closed. Her arms are crossed across her chest, both hands clasped to the other arm. She wears a black skirt that is unzipped at the back and her entire back is bare. The scene is lit from the front-left.
Chris back cover. WOMEN WITH STRANGE PASSIONS. Chris Hamilton was young, beautiful and ruled by strange hungers. Hungers for another woman, a cat-eyed blonde named Dizz who gave herself freely to both sexes and enjoyed telling Chris about it. Dizz accepted Chris' embraces, then tortured her with tales of infidelities. It was the kind of hell that made it easy for vibrant, virginal Carol Martin to move into Chris' life. Then the dangerous triangle was complete. And Chris had to make a choice - a choice that forced a terrible sacrifice from each tormented woman.

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Chris faces a difficult choice between her relationship with Shelia "Dizz" Dizendorf and the hope of happiness with Carol Martin

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188 pages
18 cm

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Female Protagonists Meet or Introduced to the Reader

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Chris lives with Dizz. Chris meets Carol in a lesbian bar

Reviews

Damon, Gene. "Chris." Ladder, vol. 3, no. 9, June 1959, p. 22.

Chris, writer of scientific articles on marine life, lives with beautiful self-centred Dizz. Frustrated by Dizz’s inability to physically respond to her love-making, Chris seeks solace in one-night stands with others, among them warm, generous Carol. Between Chis and Carol, there is a complete rapport. Promising to leave the selfish Dizz for Carol, Chris succumbs to the former’s pleading to stay with her only to have Dizz, as usual, completely fail her. In order to save her career and sanity, Chris finds the courage to walk out on Dizz. Entirely sympathetic and the best quality Beacon has yet produced. No tacked on censors ending here.

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This Book is Discussed in

Wood, Christine V. “Tender Heroes and Twilight Lovers: Re-Reading the Romance in Mass-Market Pulp Novels, 1950–1965.” Journal of Lesbian Studies, vol. 18, no. 4, 2014, pp. 372–392.

NODL Evaluation Report

"The caption on the cover of 'Chris' is 'Life of the Limits of Lesbianism.'
This book is objectionable for youth in that it describes the unnatural relationships that exists among some women.
It can serve no purpose except to acquaint youngster with disgusting acts that feel normal people with revulsion."

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Contested in the U.S.A and Canada by the National Organization for Decent Literature.

Cover, Front Text

Life in the limbo of lesbianism led her into the strangest love-triangle of all

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"WOMEN WITH STRANGE PASSIONS. Chris Hamilton was young, beautiful and ruled by strange hungers. Hungers for another woman, a cat-eyed blonde named Dizz who gave herself freely to both sexes and enjoyed telling Chris about it. Dizz accepted Chris' embraces, then tortured her with tales of infidelities. It was the kind of hell that made it easy for vibrant, virginal Carol Martin to move into Chris' life. Then the dangerous triangle was complete. And Chris had to make a choice - a choice that forced a terrible sacrifice from each tormented woman." -Back cover

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The face of a blond woman with head leaned back looking directly toward the reader and bathed in a red light dominates the image on all the edges, as a background. Her mouth is in rest and her eyes are half-closed. To the bottom right, and partially covering the blonde's face, another figure of a blonde is seen, with her back to the reader. She has long, wavy hair, bangs hanging over her eyebrows. Her body is twisted to the front and left, and her head hangs down to the left, equally turned and with eye closed. Her arms are crossed across her chest, both hands clasped to the other arm. She wears a black skirt that is unzipped at the back and her entire back is bare. The scene is lit from the front-left.

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Item: Perdue, Pat (Randy Salem) Creator This Item

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Salem, Randy, “Chris,” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed October 2, 2022, https://msvulpf.omeka.net/items/show/677.