Rita Mae Brown
Rita Mae Brown is an American writer. She is best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle
Rubyfruit Jungle
Rubyfruit Jungle is the first novel by Rita Mae Brown, remarkable, in its day, for its explicit lesbianism. The novel is a bildungsroman/autobiographical account of Brown's youth and emergence as a lesbian author...

. Published in 1973, it dealt with lesbian themes in an explicit manner unusual for the time. Brown is also a mystery
Mystery fiction
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 writer and screenwriter
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Brown was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania
Hanover, Pennsylvania
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, and grew up in Florida
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, and as of 2004 lived outside Charlottesville, Virginia
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In the 1960s, Brown attended Broward Community College and the University of Florida
University of Florida
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 but transferred. She moved to New York and attended New York University
New York University
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, where she received a degree in classics and English.

Normal is the average of deviance.

Venus Envy|Venus Envy (Bantam Books, New York, 1993)

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

Alma Mater (Ballantine Books, New York, 2001), p. 108.