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"Absolutely filthy- deals with Lesbianism [?] and although good triumphs over evil this is no book for young people."
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Author Marijane Meaker on the reception of Spring Fire.
"[Spring Fire] was not aimed at any lesbian market, because there wasn’t any that we knew
about. I was just out of college. I was gay . . . it wasn’t a prurient book. . . . Tereska Torres
. . . wasn’t aiming [Women’s Barracks] at any market either—just telling her experiences the
best she could, as I was. We were amazed, floored, by the mail that poured in. That was the
first time anyone was aware of the gay audience out there."
Source: Eric Garber, ed., “Those Wonderful Lesbian Pulps: A Roundtable Discussion,” San Francisco Bay Area Gay and Lesbian Historical Society Newsletter 4.4 (summer 1989)
Spring Fire sold more than 1.5 million copies in its first printing.