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PCL MS 164 Dixie Browning Collection

Introduction

Dixie Browning began transferring her manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in July 1998. She also donated some paperback editions of her books which have been added to the BPCL holdings. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all manuscripts and published works authored by Dixie Browning.

This finding aid prepared by Mary Koslovsky in November 2005.

Biographical Sketch

Romance writer Dixie Browning (1930 - ) is a prolific author who has published more than 80 novels in both the romance and historical genres. She has also written many historical novels written with her sister under the pen name of Bronwyn Williams.

Browning began her writing career in 1976 with a weekly newspaper column and from there moved on to romance writing. She says that she has had no formal training to be an author, only a love of good stories.

She has given a number of workshops for the Romance Writers Association and has won a number of awards for her writing including a RITA, three Maggies for best historical of the year, seven top awards from the North Carolina Press Club and five first place awards from the National Federation of Press Women.

In addition to being a published author, Browning is an accomplished painter and is listed in Who's Who in American Art. She also helped organize the North Carolina Watercolor Society and served as its first president. She currently lives on Cape Hatteras Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks, where her family ties go back to the early 1700s.

Scope and Content

The Dixie Browning Collection consists of 2 cu. ft. of edited manuscripts and galleys, dating from 1999-2003. Also included in the collection is a small sampling of editor's production and style sheets and promotional material. Correspondence is very limited, consisting of only a few letters from editors, which have been kept with the appropriate manuscript.

The researcher will be able to trace the progression from outline to manuscript to edited manuscript to galley proof to finished product and promotional material.

Series Description

Literary Manuscripts

Novel Manuscripts
1999-2003
Arranged chronologically.
Included are edited manuscripts, galleys, proofs, editor's production and style sheets, one story synopsis and a continuity outline. All of the manuscripts have been broken down into parts of three to four chapters each.

Subject Files

Subject Files
1987-2001
Arranged chronologically.
Promotional materials.

Inventory

Box 1: Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Knight in Rusty Armor 1999
1 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-3  
2 Edited manuscript. Chapters 4-6
3 Edited manuscript. Chapters 7-10
Virgin and the Vengeful Groom 2000
4 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-2  
5 Edited manuscript. Chapters 3-5
6 Edited manuscript. Chapters 6-8
7 Edited manuscript. Chapters 9-10
Good as Gold 2001
8 Proof. Chapters 1-2  
9 Proof. Chapters 3-5
10 Proof. Chapters 6-8
11 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-2
12 Edited manuscript. Chapters 3-5
13 Edited manuscript. Chapters 6-8
Montana Mavericks: Big Sky Grooms 2001
14 Story synopsis and continuity outline  
Box 2: Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Moore to Love 2001
1 (original title: Loving Molly)
Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-3
 
2 Edited manuscript. Chapters 4-6
3 Edited manuscript. Chapters 7-8
4 Edited manuscript. Chapters 9-10
Rocky and the Senator's Daughter 2001
5 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-3  
6 Edited manuscript. Chapters 4-6
7 Edited manuscript. Chapters 7-9
8 Chapter 10 - epilogue
9 Editor's Production Sheets
Beckett's Birthright 2002
10 Galley. Chapters 1-4  
11 Galley. Chapters 5-8
12 Galley. Chapters 9-12
13 Galley. Chapters 13-15
14 Galley. Chapters 16-18
15 Manuscript. Chapters 1-6
16 Manuscript. Chapters 7-12
17 Manuscript. Chapters 13-18
Box 3: Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Beckett's Cinderella 2002
1 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-3  
2 Edited manuscript. Chapters 4-7
3 Edited manuscript. Chapters 8-11
4 Editor's Style Sheets
Marrying a Millionaire 2002
5 Proof. Chapters 1-3  
6 Proof. Chapters 4-7
7 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-2
8 Edited manuscript. Chapters 3-4
9 Edited manuscript. Chapters 5-7
10 Editor's Style Sheets
Millionaire's Pregnant Bride 2002
11 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-2  
12 Edited manuscript. Chapters 3-4
13 Edited manuscript. Chapters 5-6
14 Edited manuscript. Chapters 7-8
15 Edited manuscript. Chapters 9-10
16 Editor's Production Sheets
Quiet Seduction 2002
17 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-2  
18 Edited manuscript. Chapters 3-5
Box 4: Novels and Author's Files
FolderDescriptionDate
Quiet Seduction (con't.) 2002
1 Edited manuscript. Chapters 6-8  
2 Edited manuscript. Chapters 9-11
3 Edited manuscript. Chapters 12-14
4 Edited manuscript. Chapters 15 + Promotional Excerpt
5 Editor's Production Sheets
Beckett's Convenient Bride 2003
6 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-3  
7 Edited manuscript. Chapters 4-6
8 Edited manuscript. Chapters 7-9
9 Edited manuscript. Chapters 10-13
His Business, Her Baby 2003
10 Edited manuscript. Chapters 1-3  
11 Edited manuscript. Chapters 4-6
12 Edited manuscript. Chapters 7-9
13 Edited manuscript. Chapters 10-12
14 Edited manuscript. Chapters 13-14
15 Subject Files 1987-2001