[N.p. 1954-1983]. Seven volumes. Quarto. Modern red and blue morocco, gilt tooled and lettered. Binder's tickets on front endpapers. Copious annotations throughout. Occasional tape repairs and paper loss not affecting text. Fine. Item #WRCAM53077
Seven bound typescripts, comprising draft copies of fiction and non-fiction works by the acclaimed writer and historian, Dee Brown. These are Brown's own personal copies of the typescripts, heavily annotated by his editors and with occasional notes by Brown himself in preparation for publication. Each volume contains editorial notes as well as notes on typography, design elements, and more. In all, the volumes in this collection provide an outstanding perspective into the authorial and editorial process not only of BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE, but for several other significant works by Brown. Western historian Dorris Alexander "Dee" Brown (1908-2002) is best known for his trailblazing perennial bestseller, BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE, but wrote many other novels and histories about the American West, often about the Native American experience. This collection consists of late drafts of four works of non-fiction and three of fiction, bound by the author for his personal library. The titles included here are as follows (in chronological order of publication): 1) GRIERSON'S RAID (1954). Dee Brown's third novel tells the story of Col. Benjamin Grierson's raid in support of the Union siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War. Heavily marked with editorial notes and corrections, and notes in Dee Brown's hand as well. 2) THE GENTLE TAMERS (1958). A history of women in the West, from major figures to lesser-known female pioneers. 3) ACTION AT BEECHER ISLAND (1967). Brown's novelistic retelling of the nine-day siege between Plains Indians and the U.S. Army in eastern Colorado, on the Arikaree River near the border with Nebraska and Kansas, in September, 1868. The army was engaged in protecting settlers and the Kansas Pacific Railroad from raids by Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. The victorious Americans were commanded by General Alexander Forsyth, while the Cheyenne were led by the legendary warrior, Roman Nose, who died in the battle. 4) BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE (1970). A pencil note on the endpaper in Dee Brown's hand reads "copy editor's copy that went to printer, in 1969." This copy is heavily marked up, with editorial notes on nearly every page, as well as notes on illustrations, design elements, typography, etc. 5) HEAR THAT LONESOME WHISTLE BLOW: RAILROADS IN THE WEST (1977). Brown's epic history of the building of railroads in the West. Heavily marked with editorial and production notes. 6) CREEK MARY'S BLOOD (1980). Brown's first novel after ACTION AT BEECHER ISLAND. Using the main character of "Creek Mary," a Muskogee woman born in Georgia before the American Revolution, Brown tells a story of the forced migration of Native Americans westward, and the interweaving of cultures through intermarriage with other tribes and with Caucasians in a story that spans more than a century. 7) KILLDEER MOUNTAIN (1983). In this novel Brown utilizes a narrative device similar to the Orson Welles film, MR. ARKADIN, in which a journalist researches the story of a mysterious Major Charles Rawley, revealing a multifaceted personality capable of good and evil. On paper stock of multiple colors, and with copious notes from editors, production designers, and Dee Brown himself. Each typescript is annotated for content, style, and formatting in various hands, including Brown's, and the draft of GRIERSON'S RAID includes an annotated gelatin silver print bound in depicting a "Map Showing Course of Grierson's Raid." The binding work was done by a local binder of Little Rock, Arkansas, where Brown made his home for the last three decades of his life and where he wrote many of his later books. A fascinating and singular collection of works that document the authorial and editorial process for a significant portion of the oeuvre of a now classic Western author.