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Posthumous Outing: Ross Macdonald

Compiled by News Editor Charles Anders

[USA] -- A new biography of Kenneth Millar, who wrote Southern California mystery novels under the pen name Ross Macdonald, says Millar had a number of relationships with men in his youth.

Based on Millar's papers at the University of California at Irvine, Ross Macdonald: A Biography, by Tom Nolan, says Millar had relationships with men including poet W.H. Auden, who encouraged him to pursue his chosen genre. Millar later married Canadian mystery novelist Margaret Sturm Millar.

A prolific author, Macdonald was best known for his Lew Archer detective stories. Along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Macdonald is widely hailed as one of the strongest influences on the 20th century mystery genre.

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