World without men (A)

A World without Men front cover. The cover art is made up of text and solid colour fields. The title is shown in large, white letters, distributed diagonally across the center of the cover. Below the title, and also diagonally distributed, more letters, in a different and smaller font but also white, name the author of the book. At the top left, and also in a different font, more small white letters hint on the topic of the story. At the very bottom, another set of white, small letters describes the story as the second in a series. There is also a logo at the top right, seemingly of the publishing house or division. The background is a solid green framed within a wide, white margin that matches the colour of the text.
A World without Men back cover. Erika Frohmann becomes involved with Kate in the second book of her continuing adventures as a lesbian. "Are you happy?" Erika asked softly. "Too happy." answered Kate. Erika smiled and kissed her forehead tenderly. "Let's dress and have a big breakfast." "Not yet please," murmured Kate. "aren't you hungry?" "Yes but not for food."

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This book is part of a series.
Stranger on Lesbos (1960) – Frances Ollenfield is introduced
A World Without Men (1963) – Erika Frohmann is introduced
Return to Lesbos (1963) – Erika and Frances meet
Journey to Fullfillment (1964) - Erika's backstory. The novel recounts her arrival in the United States after she was liberated from a concentration camp at the end of the Second World War.
Ripening (1988) - Erika and Frances are growing old and coming out. The final book in the series is not considered lesbian pulp fiction due to its date of publication.

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158 pages
18 cm

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Erika and Kate meet.

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Damon, Gene. "A World without Men." Ladder, vol. 8, no. 9, June 1964, p. 12.

In recent months three titles have appeared from this talented author’s pen: first, UNLIKE OTHERS; then her fine sequel to an earlier novel, RETURN TO LESBOS; and now this title. The publication order differs from the writing order, since A WORLD WITHOUT MEN precedes in time RETURN TO LESBOS and takes up the earlier Lesbian marriage of one of the protagonists, Erika Frohmann. Erika’s relationship with the lame-duck alcoholic, Kate Wood, is less satisfactory than those presented in the last two Taylor novels. But since the relationship is sympathetically handled, this title is recommended, particularly for the light it sheds on the unusual character Erika.

This Book is Discussed in

Miller, Meredith. "Secret Agents and Public Victims: The Implied Lesbian Reader." Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 35, no. 1, Summer, pp. 37-58.
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

"This book deals with a completely objectionable subject- lesbianism. The two girls involved are portrayed so sympathetically that you half condone their actions.
The items underlined are not extremely wrong until you keep in mind that there are two girls involved, or in one instance, a girl and her brother."

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

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Erika loves Kate in. . . A World without Men

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Erika Frohmann becomes involved with Kate in the second book of her continuing adventures as a lesbian. "Are you happy?" Erika asked softly. "Too happy." answered Kate. Erika smiled and kissed her forehead tenderly. "Let's dress and have a big breakfast." "Not yet please," murmured Kate. "aren't you hungry?" "Yes but not for food."

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The cover art is made up of text and solid colour fields. The title is shown in large, white letters, distributed diagonally across the center of the cover. Below the title, and also diagonally distributed, more letters, in a different and smaller font but also white, name the author of the book. At the top left, and also in a different font, more small white letters hint on the topic of the story. At the very bottom, another set of white, small letters describes the story as the second in a series. There is also a logo at the top right, seemingly of the publishing house or division. The background is a solid green framed within a wide, white margin that matches the colour of the text.

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Reissue of lesbian pulp fiction

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Item: Young, Velma (Valerie Taylor) Creator This Item

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Taylor, Valerie, “World without men (A),” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed February 2, 2023, https://msvulpf.omeka.net/items/show/714.