cover for Beebo Brinker

Introductory Note to Beebo Brinker

by Ann Bannon
Cleis Press edition, 2003

Looking back from the mid-80s to the distant 50s and 60s, let me share a thought with you. The books as they stand have 50s flaws. They are, in effect, the offspring of their special era, with its biases. But they speak truly of that time and place as I knew it. I would not write them today quite as I wrote them then. But I did write them then, of course. And if Beebo is really there for some of you — and Laura and Beth and the others — it’s because I stayed close to what felt real and right.

Ann Bannon
Sacramento, California
December 2002

With permission from Cleis Press