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Remembering Bertrice Small, One Of The Original 'Avon Ladies'

February 26, 2015 9:51 PM
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Decades before Fifty Shades of Grey and George R. R. Martin, we had Bertrice Small, the romance legend and industry pioneer who died Tuesday at 77.

Small was part of a group of women writers, known collectively as "The Avon Ladies," (others were greats like Johanna Lindsey and Rosemary Rogers) who transformed the romance novel in the late 70's, taking it from tame and sexless (think Barbara Cartland) to fiery and sensual — and creating some of ...

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