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Rita Mae Brown

Novelist, poet, screenwriter, and activist; Born: November 28, 1944, in Hanover, Pennsylvania

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  • B.A. in English and Classics, New York University, 1968
  • Certificate in Cinematography, New York School of Visual Arts, 1968
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC, 1976

Rita Mae Brown has published two poetry collections, eleven novels, and numerous television scripts. Two of her scripts, Love Liberty and The Long Hot Summer, have been nominated for Emmy Awards. The work that made her famous, Rubyfruit Jungle (1973), a lesbian coming-of-age novel, has become a modern classic that is read and discussed in college courses. But Brown is also well-known for her series of Mrs. Murphy mystery novels which she co-authored with her cat, Sneaky Pie.


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