“Eastern Shame Girl” pulp novel

"Eastern Shame Girl" pulp novel cover  ©1947 Avon Book Company
"Eastern Shame Girl" pulp novel cover ©1947 Avon Book Company

While browsing at Myopic Books, my favorite neighborhood bookstore, I stumbled upon this gem–the pulp novel, “Eastern Shame Girl.” Here’s a peek at the steamy contents, from the inside flap:

Delightful and Exciting
Here is a new and different reading experience. In this volume are assembled some of the best of the classic tales of China and the Far East. Written in a graceful and beautiful style, each story is redolent of the exotic excitement and forbidden pleasures of the Orient.
The title story, Eastern Shame Girl, recounts the love of a rich young man for a girl of doubtful virtue, and what transpires when he becomes her lover and takes her away with him. The Counterfeit Old Woman tells the adventures of a handsome young man who dons female garb and introduces himself into those quarters usually reserved for women alone. The Temple of the Esteemed Lotus is the strange account of how the women who came to the temple to pray for a child had their prayers answered in a highly diverting manner.

This edition was published in 1947; the book was originally published in 1935 under the much less saucy title, “Chinese Love Tales.” Here’s one of the fantastic inside illustrations:

"Eastern Shame Girl" pulp novel illustration ©1947 Avon Book Company
"Eastern Shame Girl" pulp novel illustration ©1947 Avon Book Company