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Rita Mae Brown

Author: Carol Marie Ward
Publisher: New York : Twayne, ©1993.
Series: Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 615.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Perhaps the best summation of Rita Mae Brown is that which she gives of herself: "I'm a writer and I'm a woman and I'm from the South and I'm alive." Often categorized as essentially a lesbian or feminist writer, Brown has had to contend with her works being sometimes overshadowed by her politics and hence has not received the scholarly attention she might have otherwise. But the wit and exuberance of her novels, as
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ward, Carol Marie.
Rita Mae Brown.
New York : Twayne, ©1993
(OCoLC)622776200
Named Person: Rita Mae Brown; Rita Mae Brown; Rita Mae Brown
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Marie Ward
ISBN: 0805740007 9780805740004
OCLC Number: 26503213
Description: xii, 191 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
Contents: Rita Mae Brown: the woman and the writer --
Essays and poetry: fingerprints on the shape of things to come --
Rubyfruit jungle and In her day: the Grand Canyon between first person narrative and third person narrative --
Six of one and Bingo: the Hunsenmeir saga --
Southern discomfort: form is as important as content --
Sudden death: this is really Judy's book --
High hearts: fact, fiction, and the historical novel --
Wish you were here: a Mrs. Murphy mystery --
Rita Mae Brown and contemporary literature: I'm a writer and I'm a woman and I'm from the south.
Series Title: Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 615.
Responsibility: Carol M. Ward.

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Perhaps the best summation of Rita Mae Brown is that which she gives of herself: "I'm a writer and I'm a woman and I'm from the South and I'm alive." Often categorized as essentially a lesbian or feminist writer, Brown has had to contend with her works being sometimes overshadowed by her politics and hence has not received the scholarly attention she might have otherwise. But the wit and exuberance of her novels, as well as their continued popularity, are testament to Brown's importance as a modern American author. Her first published works were political essays, and by the 1970s she was an active figure in the women's and gay liberation movements.

In Rita Mae Brown, Carol M. Ward guides the reader through critical analysis of the novels of this author whose subversiveness is honeyed with characters of spirited individuality and humor. Ward discusses Brown's version of the historical and the autobiographical novel and places her within the tradition of American Southern writers. She also examines how Brown's awareness of sexual, class, and regional differences has informed her fiction and its form, particularly as she deals with the themes of home and community. This needed study sheds light on an author whose political background has produced life-affirming fiction and a body of work that is of ever-increasing interest. Rita Mae Brown includes a bibliography helpful to admirers and students of Brown's work.

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