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Publisher's Summary

Spring Fire was the first lesbian pulp novel ever published. The original 1950s cover blared: "A story once told in whispers now frankly, honestly written." Shameless and seductive in an era when lesbian lives were hidden from view, Spring Fire chronicles the story of Leda and Mitch, two sorority sisters at a Midwestern university who stumble into a forbidden love affair. While their romance ends unhappily - in order to satisfy US postal inspectors who would have seized shipments of a novel that affirmed lesbian love - Spring Fire touched the lives of countless lesbian and gay readers and cleared the way for the hundreds of lesbian pulps that were to come. This edition includes a new introduction by the author, describing the story behind the novel's initial publication.

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Critic Reviews

"Still hot, still intense, still wholly involving." ( On Our Backs)
"Without Spring Fire... there would never have been the Beebo Brinker chronicles, nor an author known as Ann Bannon." (Ann Bannon, author of Beebo Brinker)
"[Packer] wrote deftly within her boundaries, and produced a story that is both revolutionary in its content and defiantly steamy." ( Velvetpark magazine)

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No!

What would have made Spring Fire better?

Nothing it was the first of it's kind ,and like many firsts it crashed and burned .

What was most disappointing about Vin Packer’s story?

It's not Vin Packers fault when this book was written ,even she apologizes for it's content at the beginning of this book , this was written in a time when being gay meant you where mentally ill in some fashion and should be punished for your sinful thoughts .

How could the performance have been better?

The performance is fine it's the content which is toxic.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spring Fire?

The rape ,in all these early lesbian paperback novels it seems to be a staple , it was meant as a deterrent to young girls who fancied other young girls ,this is what happens to you if your gay....

Any additional comments?

Do your self a favor go and read the Beebo Brinker Chronicles they are available on Audible and they are fantastic leave this alone ,it paved the way for the lesbian paperback novel and Vic should be proud of that but it's just bad.

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  • 27-05-2021

The author did warn us...

Vin Packers forward for this book was the best part of it. This does read like a book meant to scandalize and satiate a populous audience as they read it illicitly behind a newspaper. I understand that this novel is historic for us lgbqt folks, and maybe reading it with that kind of mentality would make it a more pallet-able read. I suppose we do have the horrid ness of this story to thank for all the good queer literature it inspired to produce.

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  • Dandylion
  • 20-04-2012

Asume crash positions

O.K so it's like this ,this was the first of it's kind and it shows even the writer apologizes for the ending and rightly so although the views of the time where not her fault,however this is quite shocking ,some heavy issues are being tackled here ,I don't know if I would recommend this, apart from the fact the narrator sounds like she's reading the six o'clock news ,it's antagonizing in it's views .If your a Beebo Brinker fan I say give it a miss stick to Ann she learnt well from this.

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