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Spring fire
Packer, Vin, 1927-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Cleis Press, [2004]

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ix, 160 pages ; 21 cm
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Including a new introduction by the author describing the story behind the novel's initial publication in the 1950s which sold an amazing 1.5 million copies. Spring Fire chronicles the story of Leda and Mitch, two sorority sisters at a Midwestern university who stumble into a forbidden love affair. Packer ends the novel unhappily in order to satisfy US postal inspectors who would have seized a novel that affirmed lesbian love, yet Spring Fire has nevertheless touched the lives of countless lesbian readers and cleared the way for hundreds of lesbian pulps since.

Author Notes

Marijane Meaker (born May 27, 1927) is an American novelist and short story writer in several genres using different pen names. From 1952 to 1969 she wrote twenty mystery and crime novels as Vin Packer, including Spring Fire which is credited with launching the genre of lesbian pulp fiction (although few of Packer's books address homosexuality or feature gay characters). In 1972 she switched genres and pen names once more to begin writing for young adults, and became quite successful as M.E. Kerr, producing over 20 novels and winning multiple awards including the American Library Association's lifetime award for young-adult literature, the ALA Margaret Edwards Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

The recent trend in reissuing kitschy sex novels continues with Packer's Spring Fire. Despite its being pretty risqu? for 1952, the lesbian pulp story sold more than a million and a half copies. Packer was the nom de plume of Marijane Meaker, who wrote 20 novels and nonfiction titles under that and other names before turning to YA literature as M.E. Kerr. The tawdry subject matter notwithstanding, Packer's books were well written. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.