“Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.” – Rita Mae Brown
Born in Pennsylvania on this date in 1944, Brown is a writer, activist, and feminist who first earned acclaim for her first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle. Since then she’s been on many bestseller lists for her two long series’ of mystery novels, the “Mrs. Murphy” and “Sister” series. Her most recent book in the two series is this year’s Whiskers In The Dark, part of “Mrs. Murphy.” Her latest in the “Sisters” series is 2018’s Homeward Hound.
Over the years Brown’s interspersed her more than 50 books of mystery and suspense with 9 screenplays, several books of poetry, and 4 nonfiction pieces. Among her many awards are two Emmy nominations, one for I Love Liberty, which also won a Writer’s Guild of America award before getting its Emmy nod.
“Creativity comes from trust,” Brown said. “Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”
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