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Daddona, Cynthia (1961- ). Santa Barbara resident and author of Diary of a Modern Day Goddess (2000) [Spec BL624.D256 2000].

Dahlberg, Edward (1900-1977). Novelist, literary critic, and noted curmudgeon, came to Santa Barbara in the early 1970s. Author of Bottom Dogs (1929) [Spec PR6023.A41Z3 D3 and Spec PS3507.A33 B65], From Flushing to Calvary (1932) [Spec PS3507.A33 F76], Kentucky Blue Grass Henry Smith (1932), Those Who Perish (1934) [Spec PS3507.A33 T46], Can These Bones Live (1941) [Main PS3507.A13 D6 and Spec PS3507.A13 D6 1960], The Flea of Sodom (1950) [Spec PS3507.A33 F5], The Sorrows of Priapus (1957) [Spec PS3507.A33 S7], the autobiographical Because I Was Flesh (1959) [Spec PS3507.A33 Z52 1963], Truth is More Sacred (1961) [Main PR473.D4], Alms for Oblivion, Essays (1964) [Main and Spec PS3507.A33 A75], Cipango’s Hinder Door (1965) [Spec, Printers Collection Z239.U4 D3], Reasons of the Heart (1965) [Spec PS3507.A33 R4], Epitaphs of Our Times: The Letters of Edward Dahlberg (1967) [Main and Spec PS3507.A33 Z55], The Leafless American (1967) [Main and Spec PS3507.A33 L4], The Carnal Myth (1968) [Main PS3507.A33 C3], Edward Dahlberg: A Tribute (1970) [Main PS3507.A13 Z65], The Confessions of Edward Dahlberg (1971) [Main PS3507.A13 Z52 1971], The Gold of Olphir: Travels, Myths, and Legends in the New World (1972) [Native Am. Studies E77.2.D3 1972], and The Olive of Minerva (1976) [Main PS3507.A33 O43]. See also: Gilbar, Literary, 141, 186-189.

Daily, Marla (1950- ). Montecito resident, author of California’s Channel Islands: 1001 Questions Answered (McNally & Loftin, 1987) [Spec F868.S232 D34 1987]. Other works include: Northern Channel Islands Anthology, ed. by Marla Daily Noticias, Occasional Paper #2 (1989) [Main E1.N671 and Spec F869.S23 N63], Santa Cruz Island Anthology (Kimberly Press, 1989) [Spec F868.S23 S3268 1989], A Step Back in Time: Unpublished Channel Islands Diaries (Santa Cruz Island Foundation, 1990) [Spec F868.S232 S74 1990], Chapel of the Holy Cross: 1891-1991 Santa Cruz Island (Santa Cruz Island Foundation, 1991) [Spec F868.S23 C464 1991], Santa Barbara Island (Santa Cruz Island Foundation, 1993) [Main, F868.S23 S3272 1993], Santa Cruz Island: A History and Recollections of an Old California Rancho (1993), with Helen Caire [Spec F868.S23 C33 1993].

Dain, Catherine. Pen name of Judith Garwood (1941- ). Ventura resident, mystery writer and Shamus Award nominee, whose books include: Sing a Song of Death (1993), Lay It On the Line (1993), the first Freddie O’Neal mystery; Lament for a Dead Cowboy (1994), Walk a Crooked Mile (1994), Bet Against the House (1995), The Luck of the Draw (1996), Dead Man’s Hand (1997), Angel in the Dark: A New Age Mystery (1999), Death of the Party: A Faith Cassidy Mystery (2000), Darkness at the Door: A New Age Mystery (2001). See also: Gulbransen, SBNP, 4/9/00.

Dana, Juan Francisco (1838-1936). Lifelong Nipomo resident whose reminiscences are recorded in The Blond Ranchero: Memories of Juan Francisco Dana (Dawson’s, 1960), a history of Nipomo Ranch [Main and Spec F868.S18 D3].

Dana, Richard Henry, Jr. (1815-1882). Two Years Before the Mast (1840) contains an account of early Santa Barbara, including a description of Alfred Robinson’s 1836 wedding [Spec G540 .D2 1841]. See also: Gilbar, Tales, 21; Gilbar, Literary, 190-92.

Dangerfield, George (1904-1986). Pulitzer Prize for history for his Era of Good Feelings (1952) [Main and Spec, Bernath E371.D3]. Born in England and educated at Oxford, literary editor of Vanity Fair in the early 1930s. Married Mary Lou Schott, daughter of Santa Barbarans Max and Alice Schott, and settled here. Lectured widely and wrote numerous reviews and articles for the New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and Saturday Review. Other works include: Bengal Mutiny: The Story of the Sepoy Rebellion (1933) [Spec DS478.D3 1933], The Strange Death of Liberal England (1936) [Main DA576.D3 1936], Victoria’s Heir: The Education of a Prince (1941) [Main DA567.D3], Chancellor Robert R. Livingston of New York (1960) [Main E302.6.L72 D3], The Awakening of American Nationalism, 1815-1828 (1965) [Main E338.D3], Defiance to the Old World: The Story Behind the Monroe Doctrine (1970), and The Damnable Question: A Study in Anglo-Irish Relations (1976) [Main DA962.D27]. See also: Gilbar, Literary, 106-107.

Daniel, John M. (1941- ). Poet and owner of Santa Barbara-based Daniel & Daniel Publishing, and its three imprints: John Daniel and Company Books, Fithian Press, and Perseverance Press. Works include: Structure, Style, and Truth: Elements of the Short Story (SB: Fithian, 1998) [Spec PN3373.D26 1998) and Yellow Bricks & Ruby Slippers (2002) [Spec PS509.F3 Y45 2002]. See also: Gilbar, Stories, 10.

Daniels, Douglas Henry. UCSB professor of Asian American Studies, Black Studies, and History. Author of Pioneer Urbanites: A Social and Cultural History of Black San Francisco (1980) [Main and Black Studies F869.S39 N43] and Lester Leaps In: The Life and Times of Lester “Pres” Young (2002) [Black Studies ML419.Y7 D36 2002].

*Davidson, Eugene (1902-2002). Editor and historian of the Third Reich. Special has an endowment in his name and his collection of books on Nazi Germany in the Eugene and Suzette Davidson Collection. Works include: The Death and Life of Germany: An Account of the American Occupation (1959) [Main and Spec DD257.D33], The Trial of the Germans (1966) [Spec D804.G42 D38 1966], The Nuremberg Fallacy: War and War Crimes Since World War II (1973) [Main and Spec D843.D27], The Making of Adolf Hitler (1977) [Main and Spec DD247.H5 D38], The Unmaking of Adolf Hitler (1996) [Main and Spec DD247.H5 D384 1996], Reflections on a Disruptive Decade: Essays on the Sixties (2000) [Main and Spec CB427.D34 2000] and The Narrow Path of Freedom, and Other Essays (2002) [Main and Spec CB427 .D345 2002]. Special also has a collection of Davidson’s papers (Mss 185).

Davidson, Harold G. (1912- ). Author of several works on artist Edward Borein, including: Edward Borein, Cowboy Artist; the Life and Works of John Edward Borein, 1872-1945 (1974) [Arts and Spec, Wyles N6537.B63 D38 1974], Edward Borein, Artist of the Old West (1984) [Spec, Wyles ND1839.B66 A4 1984], Edward Borein, the Update: the Watercolors, Etchings, and Drawings (SB: H.G. Davidson, 1991).

Davis, Myrna. Author of Almost Heaven: A Walk Through Old Summerland (McNally & Loftin, 1997) with Mary Holzhauer [Spec F869.S83 D38 1997].

Davis, William Heath (1822-1909). Visited Santa Barbara in the 1840s; author of Sixty Years in California (1889) [Spec and Spec, Wyles F861.D38].  See also: Gilbar, Literary, 16.

Davison, Grace L. (1875-1967). Longtime Santa Ynez Valley resident. Works include: The Gates of Memory (Santa Ynez Valley News, 1955) [Main F868.S35 D3 and Spec F868.S35 D3 1955] and Beans for Breakfast (Santa Ynez Valley News, 1956) [Spec CT275.D287 A3 1956].

Days, Mary Louise (1939- ). Santa Barbara resident and author of Histories of Individual Parks: City of Santa Barbara (SB: City Planning Division, Community Development Dept., 1977) [Main and Spec F869.S45 H597 1977]. Other works include Plaza de la Guerra Reconsidered (2002) [Spec F869.S45 P539 2002].

Debin, David (1942- ). Montecito resident and mystery writer, whose sleuth is Albie Marx. Works include: Nice Guys Finish Dead (1992) [corrected proof, Spec PS3554.E1762 N529 1992], The Big O (1994) [Spec PS3554.E1762 B54 1994], and Murder Live at Five (1995) [Spec PS3554.E1762 M87 1995]. Has taught writing classes at SBCC and Antioch University in Santa Barbara. See also: Gilbar, Stories, 10.

De Canio, Carol B. Santa Barbara resident and poet, “You Who Are In Our Stories” published in Santa Barbara Review.

Decker, Maxi D. See Dickinson, Maxwell.

DeConde, Alexander (1920- ). UCSB Professor Emeritus of History and author of numerous works, mainly on American foreign policy, including: Herbert Hoover’s Latin-American Policy (1951) [Main F1418.D38], Isolation and Security: Ideas and Interests in Twentieth Century American Foreign Policy (1957) [Main E744.D4], Entangling Alliance: Politics and Diplomacy Under George Washington (1958) [Main E311.D4], New Interpretations in American Foreign Policy (1961) [Main Z6465.U6 D4 1961], The American Secretary of State: An Interpretation (1962) [Main JK853.D4], A History of American Foreign Policy (1963) [Main, Spec, and Spec, Bernath E183.7.D4], The Quasi-War: The Politics and Diplomacy of the Undeclared War with France 1797-1801 (1966) [Main E323.D4], Decisions for Peace: the Federalist Era (1970), Student Activism: Town and Gown in Historical Perspective (1971) [Main LB3610.D4], Half Bitter, Half Sweet: An Excursion Into Italian-American History (1971) [Main E184.I8 D4], American Diplomatic History in Transformation (1976) [Main and Spec, Bernath E183.7.D396], This Affair of Louisiana (1976) [Main and Spec, Bernath E333.D42], Ethnicity, Race, and American Foreign Policy: A History (1992) [Asian Am. Studies and Spec, Bernath E184.A1 D29 1992], Presidential Machismo: Executive Authority, Military Intervention, and Foreign Relations (2000) [Main E176.1.D42 2000], Gun Violence in America: The Struggle for Control (2001) [Main HV7436.D43 2001].

De Garcia, Erin Graffy. Local society columnist and author of: How to Santa Barbara (SB: Kieran, 1998) [Printers Z478.86.K53 G73 1998], and How to Santa Barbara: An Advanced Course (SB: Kieran, 2000) [Spec, Printers Z478.86.K53 G733 2000].

Dejeans, Elizabeth. Author of numerous short stories, novelettes, screenplays, and novels; lived in Santa Barbara before her death in 1928. Works include: Winning Chance (1909), Heart of Desire (1910), Far Triumph (1911), House of Thane (1913), Life-Builders (1915), Tiger’s Coat (1917), Nobody’s Child (1918), Moreton Mystery (1920), Double House (1924), Winning Game (1925), and Mansions of Unrest (1926). See also: Gilbar, Literary, 63.

Demaris, Ovid (1919- ). Biographer and non-fiction writer of works primarily relating to crime and criminals, lived in Santa Barbara during the 1960s. Works include: Captive City (1960) [Main HV6795.C4 D45], The Enforcer (1960), Lucky Luciano (1960), Candyleg (1961), The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case: The True Story of the Crime That Shocked the World (1961), The Dillinger Story (1961), The Green Felt Jungle (1963) with Ed Reid [Main HV6721.L3 R4], Jacky Ruby (1968) with Gary Wills [Main E842.9.W5], America the Violent (1970) [Main HN57.D44], Poso del Mundo: Inside the Mexican-American Border, from Tijuana to Matamoras (1970) [Main HN113.5 .D45], The Overlord: A Novel (1972), Dirty Business: The Corporate-Political Money-Power Game (1974) [Main HD2795.D45], The Director: An Oral Biography of J. Edgar Hoover (1975) [Main HV7911.H6 D45 1975], Brothers in Blood: The International Terrorist Network (1977) [Main HV6431.D45], My Story: Judith Exner as told to Ovid Demaris (1977) [Spec CT275.E97 A35], The Last Mafioso: The Treacherous World of Jimmy Fratianno (1981), The Vegas Legacy (1983), How Greed, Corruption, and the Mafia Turned Atlantic City Into the Boardwalk Jungle (1986) [Main HV6721.A8 D45 1986], Ricochet (1988), and J. Edgar Hoover: As They Knew Him (1994). See also: Gilbar, Literary, 133; SB News-Press, Mar. 15, 1964, A16.

*de Mille, Richard (1922- ). Santa Barbara resident and author of works on Carlos Castaneda, such as Castaneda’s Journey (1976) [Spec F1221.Y3 C374], and The Don Juan Papers: Further Castaneda Controversies (SB: Ross-Erikson, 1980) [Main, Colección, and Spec F1221.Y3 C375]. Other works include: Introduction to Scientology (1953), Put Your Mother on the Ceiling: Children’s Imagination Games (1955) [Main LB1062 .D4 1967], Project ECHO (1969) with R.P. Barthol [SRLF HM73 .B28], Two Qualms & a Quirk (1973) [Main PS3554.E47 T86, Spec PS3554.E473 T96 1973, and Spec, Printers Z478.86.C36 D44], and My Secret Mother: Lorna Moon (1998) [Main PS3525.O498 Z64 1998]. Special has his papers relating to Castaneda (Mss 20).

Denton, Daniel J. Publisher of Santa Barbara Magazine throughout the 1990s, and editor from 1991 to 1995.

De Witt, Jack (1900-1981). Long-time Santa Barbara resident and screenwriter, whose credits include A Man Called Horse (1970). Author of Murder on Shark Island (1941), Producing Industrial Films: From Fade-In to Fade-Out (1968) [SEL TR894.D4] and Man in the Wilderness (1971) [Spec PS3507.E8847 M35 1971], made into a 1971 film by Richard C. Sarafian. See also: Gilbar, Literary, 155.

Dickinson, Maxwell (a.k.a. Maxi D. Decker). Works include Big Lick Walking Horses (1992) [Spec PS3554.I3248 B53 1992] and Bandana Country: Sixty Ways to Use a Cowboy’s Bandana (1993) [Spec TT667.5.D525 1993]. Special has both, as gift from Dickinson, via David Myrick.

Dillman, Bradford (1930- ). Actor and author of Are You Anybody? An Actor’s Life (SB: Fithian Press, 1997) [Spec, Printers Z478.86.F583 D545 1997], and the novel That Air Forever Dark (SB: Fithian, 2001) [Spec, Printers Z478.86.F583 D5457 2001].

Doane, Michael (1952- ). Montecito resident, whose works include: The Legends of Jesse Dark (1984) [Main PS3554.O143 L4 1984], The Surprise of Burning (1988) [Main PS3554.O143 S87 1988], Six Miles to Roadside Business (1990) [Main PS3554.O143 S59 1990], City of Light (1992), Bullet Heart (1994) [Main PS3554.O143 B85 1994]. See also: Gilbar, Literary, 157.

Doran, Adelaide LeMert (1908-1987). Author whose works include: The Ranch That Was Robbins’: Santa Catalina Island, A Source Book (1963) [Main and Spec F868.L8 D6], Pieces of Eight Channel Islands: A Bibliographical Guide and Source Book (1980) [SEL F868.S232 D6 and Spec Z1262.C46 D67].

*Dorbin, Sanford (1932- ). Poet, author of works on Charles Bukowski, editor of Schist magazine. Worked in the UCSB Library. Also, contributor to Spectrum, the UCSB student literary magazine, in the 1960s. Special has his papers (Mss 21), which includes correspondence concerning other well-known poets and writers. His works include: The Goodbye (1965) [Spec PS3554.O6 G65 1965], The Art of Legerdemain (1966) [Printers Z478.86.F57 H88 1966], Epithalamium: The Day That Does Not Die (1967) [Spec PS3554.O6 E65 1967 and Printers Z478.86.Y68 D67 1967], Family Life and Others (1967) [Spec PS3554.O6 F3 and Printers Z478.86.U55 D67], Autumn Nightscape (1967) [Spec PS3554.O6 A88 1967], No ha fallada: To Che Guevara (1968) [Spec PS615.N64 1968], A Bibliography of Charles Bukowski (1969) [PS3552.U4 Z99 1969 and Printers Z239.B345 D67], Persona: Image/Mirror Image (1969) [Spec PS3554.O6 P47 1969], Poem (1969) [Spec PS3554.O6 P63 1963], Charles Bukowski and the Little Mag/Small Press Movement (1970) [Spec PS3552.U4 Z64], The Ruby Woods: Poems (1971) [Main and Spec PS3554.O6 R83], Bukowski (1973) [Printers Z231.5.L5 S43 v.4, no.4], Eleven Poems (1978) [Spec PS3554.O6 E43], Drafting the Budweiser Truck (1986) [Spec PS3554.O6 D73 1986], Minimally Speaking (1987) [Spec PS3554.O6 M55 1987], Night Lights (1988) with Rose Dorbin [Spec PS3554.O6 N534 1988], Never Enough Light: New Selected Poems, 1966-1994 (1995) [Spec PS3554.O6 N49 1995], and Saying Goodbye to Babylon (2001) [Spec PS3554.O6 S29 2001].

Dorra, Mary Tonetti. Santa Barbara resident whose works include: Beautiful American Vegetable Gardens (1997) and Beautiful American Rose Gardens (1999). Regular contributor to Santa Barbara Magazine with the “Private Worlds” feature on stately homes.

Dorrell, Torrie (1960- ). Santa Barbara resident, magazine editor, and freelance writer. Health and fitness related articles such as “Shaping Up in Santa Barbara” published in Santa Barbara Magazine.

Doulton, Harold Keeney (1925-2001). Owner of the Miramar and author of I Remember (Los Olivos: Olive Press, 1999), a memoir of growing up in Santa Barbara, working on the local ranchos, and meeting everyone from Ronald Reagan to Charles Manson [Spec CT275.D8677 A3 1999].

*Downey, William L. [Bill] (1922-1994). The first black reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press, wrote an outdoors column that featured the adventures of his “Uncle Russell;” popular teacher at Santa Barbara City College and author of several novels, mostly revolving around African Americans. Also associated with SB Writers’ Conference. Special Collections’ California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives has his papers. Works include Tom Bass, Black Horseman (1975) [SEL, Black Studies, and Spec SF287.D68], Black Viking (1981) [PS3554.O9329 B53 1981], Uncle Sam Must Be Losing the War: Black Marines of the 51st (1982) [Black Studies and Spec D811.D663 1982], Right Brain Write On! [Spec PN171.W74 D68 1984]. See also: Gilbar, Literary, 131-132, 153; SB News-Press, May 31, 1986, D24.

Dowty, Karen Jones (1944- ). Ventura resident and author of A Visitor’s Guide: The California Channel Islands (1981) [Spec F868.S232 D69 1981].

Dresser, Davis (1904-1977), a.k.a. Brett Halliday. Resident of Santa Barbara after 1962, until his death. Author of westerns and the Michael Shayne detective series. Works include: Mardi Gras Madness (1934), Test of Virtue (1934), Love is a Masquerade (1935), Ten Toes Up (1935), Virgin’s Holiday (1935), Stolen Sins (1936), Ladies of Chance (1936), Let’s Laugh at Love (1937), Million Dollar Madness (1937), Once to Every Woman (1938), Romance for Julie (1938), Satan Rules the Night (1938), Temptation (1938), Dividend on Death (1939), Girl Alone (1939), The Private Practice of Michael Shayne (1940), Death Rides the Pecos (1940), The Uncomplaining Corpses (1940), Gun Smoke on the Mesa (1941), Lynch-Rope Law (1941), Michael Shayne Takes Over (1941), Bodies Are Where You Find Them (1941), The Corpse Came Calling (1942), Blood on the Black Market (1943), Blood on Biscayne Bay (1946), Michael Shayne’s Triple Mystery (1948), Blood on the Stars (1948), Murder and the Married Virgin (1948), Rio Kid Justice (1950), This is It, Michael Shayne (1950), Charlie Dell (1952), Death Is a Lovely Dame (1954), She Woke to Darkness (1954), Death Has Three Lives (1955), Heads You Lose (1956), Shoot the Works (1957), Murder and the Wanton Bride (1958), Date With a Dead Man (1959), Die Like a Dog (1959), Murder Takes No Holliday (1960), Dolls Are Deadly (1960), Homicidal Virgin (1960), Killers From the Keys (1961), The Careless Corpse (1961), Murder by Proxy (1962), Never Kill a Client (1962), Pay-Off in Blood (1962), The Body Came Back (1963), The Corpse That Never Was (1963), Too Friendly, Too Dead (1963), A Redhead for Mike Shayne (1964), and The Violent World of Michael Shayne (1965). See also: Gilbar, Literary, 132-133, 193-195.

Driggers, James (1952- ). Santa Barbara-based playwright, freelance writer, and chef; regular contributor to Santa Barbara Magazine with articles such as “A Gringo’s Guide to Mexican Food.’

Dudley, Stephen B. Author of The Bixby Family Guide (1987).

Dugan, Judy Magee (1951- ). Santa Barbara resident and author of Santa Barbara: Highlights and History (SB: Jama Books, c. 1979) [Spec F869.S45 D83].

Dunshee, Charlotte (1901-1973). Ventura resident and author of Through the Ages (1936) [Spec PS3507.U926 T5 and Spec, Printers Z239.P53 D86 1936]. Special also has some manuscript material (Spec SC 88).

Dunham, Roger C. (1944- ). Santa Barbara resident and suspense writer. Spy Sub: A Top Secret Mission to the Bottom of the Pacific [SEL VB231.U54 D86 1996]. See also: Gilbar, Stories, 10.

Dunn, Jerry. Montecito resident and freelance writer. Frequent contributor to Santa Barbara Magazine, and that magazine’s editor from 1977 through 1979.

Dye, Lee. Author of Blowout at Platform A: The Crisis That Awakened a Nation (1971), about the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill [Main and Spec HC110.E5 D9].


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