This material comprises an unbound typescript of Branson's
Salisbury Plain and correspondence between Branson and author Kenneth Millar (also known by his pseudonym Ross Macdonald), consisting of
24 holograph and typescript letters written between 1963 and 1966. These letters concern Millar's revisions and editorial
comments, the subsequent publication of the book, and its reception by the public. The typescript contains Branson's holograph
annotations, incorporating Millar's editorial comments as detailed in 16 pages of holograph notes included with the correspondence.
Many of Millar's suggestions documented here were incorporated into the final text of
Salisbury Plain, first published in 1965. Branson composed this Civil War novel largely between 1958 and 1959. E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc.,
of New York accepted Branson's revised typescripts for publication in 1964.
Henry Clay Branson was the author of a number of crime novels written primarily during the 1940s and 1950s featuring detective
John Bent, including The Pricking Thumb and The Leaden Bubble. Salisbury Plain was one of his later works. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1904, and received his B.A. from the University of Michigan
at Ann Arbor in 1937. He died in 1981.
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