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Bertha Harris
(December 17, 1937 - May 22, 2005) U.S.A.

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Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and educated at Greensboro, Harris is considered one of the great innovators of lesbian fiction. Though rooted in the South of the USA, she went to New York and, during the period of social unrest of the 1960s, briefly married and had a daughter.

While at the University of North Carolina she wrote her first novel, Catching Saradove (1969), as part of her degree requirement.In 1976 she wrote Lover, in order to seduce Louise Fishman. According to Harris, "it worked".

She had a relationship with the writer and publisher June Arnold and Arnold's lover Parke Patricia Bowman. Harris also worked with Emily Sisley on The Joy of lesbian Sex (1977), a guide to the methds and politics of lesbian lovemaking.

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Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002

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