As soon as it was published in 1955, "We Walk Alone" inspired hundreds of lesbians and heterosexuals to write letters to Ann Aldrich. Certain they had touched a nerve (and found a market), Gold Medal Books asked the young writer to respond with a sequel in 1958, giving more detail about lesbians and the lesbian communities in New York City and its environs. "We, Too, Must Love" probes more deeply than the first book into questions of class, notably by exploring the different jobs, many undercover, which lesbians had and by delineating more subtly the diversity among lesbians. Equally important, this volume contains hints of a consciousness that would flower in the movements of the 60s and 70s. A representative sampling of the actual letters sent to Ann Aldrich make up a concluding chapter.
Ann Aldrich is one of many pseudonyms for the prolific author Marijane Meaker, who is better known under the names M. E. Kerr and Mary James. Aldrich wrote five non-fiction titles that openly chronicle the lives of lesbians through the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. Marijane Meaker is the author of over 40 works of fiction and non-fiction ranging from young adult bestsellers.