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Writer Marijane Meaker

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Writer Marijane Meaker

Writer Marijane Meaker

Writer Marijane Meaker

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Her new book is about her two-year affair with writer Patricia Highsmith. The two met in the 1950s at a Greenwich Village lesbian bar. Both were writing lesbian pulp fiction novels under pseudonyms. Meaker wrote Spring Fire (1952) under the pen name Vin Packer. It sold 1.5 million copies. She also wrote under the name Ann Aldrich. Meaker writes young adult novels under the name M.E. Kerr. Highsmith is known for her classic novels Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. This interview first aired June 19, 2003.