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THE LADY WAS A MAN

SHANE, Mark

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Fresno: Fabian Books, 1958. First edition thus. 16mo. Mass market paperback. Pictorial wraps. Barely shelfworn. Pages toned. Some spotting to rear wrap. Some pages a bit mangled, likely from printing. Very good. Fourth printing stated, but first under this title. (Item ID: 22506)

Early transgender exploitation pulp, originally appearing in 1955 as "Sex Gantlet of Murder," retitled in this edition to eliminate any possible element of surprise. One part crime novel, one part sleaze, one part semi-serious discussion of gender: the novel exhibits a curious blend of deep hostility towards the titular character's identity with a notably laissez-faire attitude towards homosexuality (why, asks one character, should anyone want to change their sexual orientation through medical means, if they're happy as they are?). In a pivotal scene, the protagonist visits a psychiatrist for a casual conversation about the "transformation of sexes." Happy to lecture both him and the '50s reader, the doctor explains that "It can be done, and it has been done. There's a case being completed in Denmark right now. The complete transformation of a male into a female." The reference is presumably to Christine Jorgensen, not named in the novel but an international celebrity by that time and the inspiration for a number of pulps aiming to titillate and edify at the same time.


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