Rita Mae Brown was born in 1944 in Hanover, Pennsylvania, grew up in Florida and now lives outside Charlottesville, Virginia.. She became known to me when a friend gave me a copy of her first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle. This was published in 1973 and not only did it surprise me, with its explicit lesbian sex themes, it surprised the public. Needless to say, it became an instant hit in the lesbian community.
Rita Mae has been a political activist throughout her life. In the 1970s, she becam ea founding member of The Furies Collective, a lesbian feminist newspaper. She wrote, “I don’t believe in straight or gay. I really don’t. I think we’re all degrees of bisexuality.”
Rita Mae has written approximately thirty-seven novels and screen plays. Since 1990, she has “co-authored” with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown, a cozy mystery series, featuring the feline character named Mrs. Murphy.
Brown was in a relationship with tennis player Martina Navratilova for three years and during that time, she was often in the tabloids. An athlete herself, Rita Mae enjoys fox hunting and has formed a women-only Blue Ridge Polo Club. I read that Rita Mae has no problem stating that she is an animal lover while hunting foxes. I disagree with this statement. While she is quoted as saying that the fox is seldom caught and never killed. I don’t think you can love someone or something and harrass it, or make it feel that its life is in danger!
Here are a few of Rita Mae’s quotes that I like.
“Dean: Don’t you find that somewhat of an aberration? Doesn’t this disturb you my dear? After all, it’s not normal.
“The only queer people are those who don’t love anybody.”
“I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.”
“He tried to drown his troubles but they knew how to swim.”
If you’re afraid to die, you’re afraid to live. You can’t have one without the other.”
“Every day you’re alive and someone loves you is a miracle.”
“I hate the telephone. I think the lowest circle of hell is reserved for Alexander Graham Bell.”
“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.”