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M. E. Kerr (1927–2022)

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75+ obres 3,884 Membres 76 Ressenyes 1 preferits

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Marijane Meaker (born May 27, 1927) is an American novelist and short story writer in several genres using different pen names. Using her own observations of lesbians in the 1950s and 1960s, she wrote a series of nonfiction books as Ann Aldrich from 1955 to 1972. In 1972 she switched genres and pen mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Marijane Meaker

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Obres de M. E. Kerr

Shoebag (1992) 432 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Deliver Us From Evie (1994) 365 exemplars, 15 ressenyes
Gentlehands (1978) 289 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! (1972) 261 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Night Kites (1986) 159 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950s (2003) 147 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Spring Fire (1952) 113 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever? (1973) 107 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Slap Your Sides (2001) 106 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Your Eyes in Stars (2006) 101 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Shockproof Sydney Skate (1972) 90 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
"Hello," I Lied (1997) 90 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Someone Like Summer (1999) 87 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Fell (1987) 87 exemplars
Is That You, Miss Blue? (1975) 82 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Little Little (1981) 80 exemplars, 1 ressenya
I Stay Near You: One Story in Three (1985) 80 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
We Walk Alone (1955) 79 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Books of Fell (2001) 78 exemplars
Snakes Don't Miss Their Mothers (2003) 71 exemplars
The Shuteyes (1993) 71 exemplars
We, Too, Must Love (1958) 64 exemplars
The Son of Someone Famous (1974) 63 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Me Me Me Me Me: Not a Novel (1983) 56 exemplars
Fell Back (1989) 52 exemplars, 1 ressenya
What Became of Her (2000) 50 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Fell Down (1991) 38 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Shoebag Read 180 Stage A (1990) 36 exemplars
Blood on the Forehead: What I Know About Writing (1998) 34 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Evil Friendship (1958) 32 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Love Is a Missing Person (1975) 31 exemplars
Linger (1993) 29 exemplars
The Twisted Ones (1959) 27 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
What I Really Think of You (1982) 26 exemplars
Him She Loves? (1984) 24 exemplars
5:45 to Suburbia (1958) 18 exemplars
Take a Lesbian to Lunch (1972) 16 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Frankenlouse (1994) 16 exemplars
Shoebag Returns (1996) 15 exemplars
Scott Free: A Crime Novel (2007) 14 exemplars
Something in the Shadows (1961) 14 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Damnation of Adam Blessing (1962) 14 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Edge: Collected Stories (2015) 13 exemplars, 1 ressenya
We Two Won't Last (1963) 13 exemplars
3 Day Terror (2011) 11 exemplars
The Thrill Kids (2010) 11 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Come Destroy Me (1954) 9 exemplars
The Young and Violent (1956) 9 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Alone at Night (1963) 8 exemplars
Carol in a Thousand Cities (1960) 8 exemplars
Don't Rely on Gemini (2011) 8 exemplars
Aquiloni nella notte (1996) 7 exemplars
The Hare in March (1966) 6 exemplars
Whisper His Sin (1954) 6 exemplars
Intimate Victims (1963) 6 exemplars
Sudden Endings 5 exemplars
Dark Intruder (1956) 5 exemplars
Dark Don't Catch Me (1965) 5 exemplars
BEAT to a PULP: Round Two (2012) 4 exemplars
Look Back to Love (1953) 4 exemplars
Game of survival (1968) 3 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Hometown (1967) 3 exemplars
Rettet die Zärtlichkeit (1987) 3 exemplars
Far From Home 1 exemplars
on the edge 1 exemplars
Great Expectations [short story] — Autor — 1 exemplars
¡Le gusta este chico! (1989) 1 exemplars
Touch Me (2012) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence (1994) — Col·laborador — 813 exemplars, 19 ressenyes
Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology (1993) — Col·laborador — 287 exemplars
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Col·laborador — 280 exemplars, 21 ressenyes
Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps (2003) — Col·laborador — 208 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels 1950-1965 (2005) — Col·laborador — 173 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults (1985) — Col·laborador — 161 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Shattered: Stories of Children and War (2002) — Col·laborador — 153 exemplars
No Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers Making Tough Choices (1997) — Col·laborador — 139 exemplars
Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls (1998) — Col·laborador — 111 exemplars, 1 ressenya
A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir (2007) — Col·laborador — 79 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Visions: 19 Short Stories (1987) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
Face Relations: 11 Stories about Seeing beyond Color (2004) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars, 1 ressenya
I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion (2000) — Col·laborador — 47 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Connections (1989) — Col·laborador — 44 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets (1998) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
Some Things Weird and Wicked: Twelve Stories to Chill Your Bones (1976) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Funny You Should Ask (1992) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars

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Descent into Madness
Review of the Kindle eBook edition (2022) of the Gold Medal Book paperback original (1952)

Spring Fire was Marijane Meaker's (writing under the pseudonym Vin Packer) pulp paperback about a lesbian romance between sorority sisters in 1952. The repressive atmosphere of that era had Meaker's publishers require that the romance should fail and be a cause of regret afterwards.

That is in contrast to the ending of Patricia Highsmith's lesbian romance (writing as Claire Morgan) The Price of Salt, also published in 1952, which was more optimistic. Meaker's book is more explicit about the physical romance however, with Highsmith being more restrained.

See cover at https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/35/Spring_Fire_Cover_First_Edition.j...
The cover of the Gold Medal Books paperback original (1952). Image sourced from Wikipedia.

Although my 2022 Kindle edition shares the cover design of the 2004 Cleis paperback & ebook Spring Fire, it does not include Marijane Meaker's then newly written introduction in which she apparently wrote that she was embarrassed about having the book republished, although it still stands as a breakthrough work for lesbian literature.

I read Spring Fire as an addendum to my recent Patricia Highsmith binge. Meaker and Highsmith were also involved in a earlier relationship about which Meaker later wrote a memoir Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950's (2003).

Trivia and Links
You can read Marijane Meaker's (1927-2022) obituary in The New York Times here.

You can read further about the background to the original publication of Spring Fire at Literary Ladies Guide by Francis Booth, March 21, 2021.

Marijane Meaker was interviewed for the Patricia Highsmith documentary film Loving Highsmith (2022) directed by Eva Vitija. You can see several excerpts of Meaker's interview in the trailer for the film here (she first says: "Pat was more dedicated than any writer I had ever met. Certainly she was very famous when I met her.").
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alanteder | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Oct 28, 2023 |
Oh, boy. The thing I find truly useful about this book is its exploration of the heavy themes of the Holocaust without being a "Holocaust book." Written at a time (1978) when one's grandfather could have been a Nazi strongman in a concentration camp, the story doesn't center on the terrible things Buddy's grandfather might have done -- instead, the focus is on Buddy, trying to find his way as a blue-collared "townie" in love with a super-rich girl outside of Montauk, New York.

Without spoiling, I'll ask -- Can humans change? Is redemption possible? Are there crimes so godawfully heinous that they cannot be forgiven?

This book shows its age only because tape decks, polyester, and Barbra Streisand are no longer de rigeur -- otherwise, the eternal themes of love, loss, and betrayal are poignantly rendered in this early offering from a master of teen literature.
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FinallyJones | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Nov 17, 2021 |
 
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lcslibrarian | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 13, 2020 |
Libro molto bello che ho centellinato e assaporato in questi mesi.
La scrittrice Marijane Meaker racconta i due anni di relazione con Patricia Highsmith alla fine degli anni '50. Interessante lo sguardo sull'ambiente editoriale e intellettuale della New York di quegli anni, su quello gay e lesbico, e su alcune ossessioni e passioni della Highsmith (il bere, l'antisemitismo, e anche un certo razzismo verso le persone di colore). Alla fine del libro c'è la descrizione del loro ultimo incontro dopo molti anni in cui non si erano più viste.
Ho "ritagliato" qualche pagina dal libro qui: https://patriziamandanici.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/highsmith-una-storia-damore-d...
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Patfumetto | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Mar 19, 2020 |

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