Brown, Rita Mae

Brown, Rita Mae

(1944–  ) writer; born in Hanover, Pa. She continued her feminist and radical lesbian activism, begun as a student at New York University, into the 1970s, working for national political organizations, then pretty much withdrew to concentrate on her writing. Her zesty, best-selling first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle (1973), was followed by other fiction, poems, essays, and screenplays. Later books include Bingo (1988).
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Many prominent writers and scholars, including Ismael Reed, Claude Brown, Rita Mae Brown, Tony Early, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.