Prose

“HER EYES FAIRLY BLAZING WITH THINGS SHE COULD NOT SAY”

Willa Cather’s My Ántonia would appear to be an odd selection for the Armed Services Editions, paperbacks produced for soldiers during World War II (the precursors of today’s cheap paperback novels). Was the U.S. military aware that the author was a lesbian? From the Native American stories of Paula Gunn Allen to the classic novels of Christopher Isherwood, in pulp paperbacks and fine press editions, in unapologetic trash and high-toned tragedy, prose has provided LGBT authors a platform for sharing their personal stories — and their fantasies.
Queer-y: What are the characteristics that separate a frank depiction of sexuality from forthright pornography?