“Bess Gordon knew the code of the South but her passions were not to be denied”
1950s, segregation-era erotic novel set in Alabama written by an African American Marine on the theme of an interracial relationship between a Southern white woman and two black brothers: “Bess Gordon knew the code of the South but her passions were not to be denied.”
The novel—an extraordinarily crisp, unread copy—was printed on inexpensive pulp paper and has lurid cover art showing the heroine in the role of sexual aggressor.
It was written by James Williams, a black Korean War veteran, husband, and father of two children then serving overseas in the Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan. Sergeant Williams’ portrait, in uniform, appears on the back cover.
An eleven-page section at the conclusion of the novel is comprised of ads from publisher Fabian Books Ltd., the present title being among 27 books in a series of erotic novels. Other titles in the series include The Lady was a Man, Violent Surrender, The Gay Ones, Our Flesh was Cheap, and One Violent Year. In addition, there are six one-page excerpts from other novels such as Nor Fears of Hell and Sex Life of a Cop.
An unusually fine example of a 1950s-era erotic novel written by an African American.
Description: Imposed Rebellion.
Fresno, California: Fabian Books Publications, (1959). First Edition, First Printing. 148, [11 (publisher’s ads)]pp. “Pulp” Novel. Illustrated stiff paper covers; perfect bound. “A Fabian Original Novel”; “Z-127.” Half tone portrait of author on back cover. Fine.
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