Item #5000 Street Trade. Mannie Hall.
Street Trade

Street Trade

New York: Star Distributors, Ltd., 1977. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher’s stiff illustrated wraps.

Post-Stonewall vintage gay pulp paperback, narrating protagonist Lance Lyon's erotically charged interracial encounters in Greenwich Village. A product of the "gay pulp boom," the book is an example of the great gains in literary freedom of expression made by American publishers after a series of federal court decisions made between the mid-1950s and the 70s. Unlike earlier works that elided explicit content with innuendo and double-entendre, this book is exemplary of the turn toward explicitly pornographic material and unapologetically queer characters in the late 70s. Like many books of the era, back page advertisements for gay organizations and personal ads are included. Published by the long-running Star Distributors (mid-60s to late 90s), which had several imprints during its time (Bizarre Library, Park Square Press, Satan’s Library, and Wip Books), most devoted to BDSM. Attributed to "Mannie Hall," the book was published the same year that Woody Allen's Annie Hall premiered. Issued as part of the publisher's Hardboy series. Light soiling and edgewear. Near fine. Item #5000


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