Greenleaf Classics Books
30 Years of Publishing

Greenleaf Classics Publishing was the leading publisher of sex novels in the last half of the 20th century. They published thousands of titles with huge print runs, and had nationwide distribution, yet few of the books exist today.

This site's goal is to document every book published by Greenleaf Classics during their years of publishing from 1959 to 1990. As the site opens, information about books from the Vintage period of 1959 through 1975 are cataloged and ready for viewing. The rest of the books will be cataloged soon.

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Two Sections in the Archive

The site is divided into two sections to reflect the two distinct periods in the life of Greenleaf Classics Publishing.

One section covers the period of publication from 1959 to 1975, denoted the Vintage period.
The other section covers the Modern period from 1976 to 1990.


Vintage Greenleaf Classics Books

1959 - 1975

The Greenleaf Publishing company started in 1959 and experienced fast growth and tough challenges as they published sex novels through the 60's. This was a time of massive change in the culture's attitudes toward sexual expression. This explained the many legal fights to successfully defend First Amendment rights to publish such books, and the approach to sell the books by putting striking cover art on them.

The packaging of the books in the Vintage period had strong cover art and exotic titles that promised much more than they delivered. They make for an entertaining and visually appealing digital archive.

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Modern Greenleaf Classics Books

1976 - 1990

By 1976, the original management team was gone and the books changed their character. The pool of writers changed. The staff of cover artists changed. The editorial team that set story policy changed. Earlier imprints were halted and new imprints started. Thus the distinction being made here between the vintage and modern periods in the archive.

The books from the Modern period cover a wide spectrum of specific fetish themes featured in the various imprints. The cover art is either colorful and striking or simple line drawings illustrating a narrative scene.

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