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J.R. (Jack Richard) Salamanca is a Maryland-based novelist born in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1922. Raised in Florida and Virginia, Salamanca served for three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London. For many years, he served as a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Maryland. Salamanca’s books, which have been published since the 1950s, probe the human condition by portraying unconventional relationships. Salamanca is best known for his 1961 bestseller Lilith.

Salamanca is the author of the novels The Lost Country (1958) Lilith (1961), A sea change (1969), Embarkation (1973) Southern Light (1986) and That Summer's Trance (2000). Adaptations: The Lost Country was filmed as Wild in the country, Twentieth century-fox, 1961; The movie Lilith was directed by Robert Rossen for Columbia in 1964.