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Dowell, Coleman

Overview
Works: 32 works in 78 publications in 4 languages and 2,319 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Sources  Bibliography  History  Archives 
Roles: Author, Creator, Signer
Classifications: PS3554.O932, 813.54
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The houses of children : collected stories by Coleman Dowell( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and French and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Island people by Coleman Dowell( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this complex novel, a gay man who has fled the violence of the city for an island retreat spends his time keeping a journal and writing stories. He invents a female alter-ego who haunts him, as does the ghost of the murderer who occupied his house in the 19th-century; ultimately these hauntings are manifestations of his own psychic disintegration
Too much flesh and Jabez by Coleman Dowell( Book )

11 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in English and French and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This hilarious, beautiful 1977 Southern Gothic tells the story of a spinster schoolteacher who decides to write a perverse tale about one of her former students, a Kentucky farmer named Jim, endowing him with unnaturally large genitals. Miss Ethel's tawdry tale of Jim's frustrated relationship with his petite wife takes an unexpected turn with the appearance of a randy teenage boy named Jabez, as intrigued by Jim's too much flesh as his wife is repelled
White on black on white by Coleman Dowell( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novel about the collision of race and sex, in which the narrator is a white gay man, who writes the memoirs of a black, straight policeman
Mrs. October was here by Coleman Dowell( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the children is crying by Coleman Dowell( Book )

6 editions published between 1968 and 1988 in English and Spanish and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The silver swanne by Coleman Dowell( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The grass dies by Coleman Dowell( Book )

3 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parties : scenes from contemporary New York life by Carl Van Vechten( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

by Conjunctions( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Some important correspondents include: Paul Bowles, Frederick Busch, Cid Corman, Robert Creeley, Guy Davenport, Edward Dorn, Coleman Dowell, Robert Duncan, Theodore Enslin, Clayton Eshleman, Kenneth Gangemi, William H. Gass, Donald Hall, Michael Heller, Susan Howe, Barbara Howes, Kenneth Irby, Hugh Kenner, James Laughlin, Ann Lauterbach, Michael McClure, Thomas Meyer, Bradford Morrow, Reno Odlin, Toby Olson, Marjorie Perloff, B.W. Powe, Lawrence Clark Powell, James Purdy, Laura Riding, Edouard Roditi, Carl Rakosi, Armand Schwerner, Ronald Silliman, Gustaf Sobin, Gilbert Sorrentino, Ann Stanford, John Taggart, Nathaniel Tarn, Barbara Tedlock, Carol Tinker, Anne Waldman, Jonathan Williams
Island people (proofs) by Coleman Dowell( )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Uncorrected page proofs of the novel, punchbound, in plain white paper wrappers
A star-bright lie by Coleman Dowell( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A Star-Bright Lie recounts the age-old story of the young provincial who comes to New York and is dazzled and betrayed by the bright lights of Broadway, but with a few kinks to the story: the provincial in this case was gay and would later develop into one of America's finest novelists. Coleman Dowell left Kentucky for New York in 1950 and spent the next decade trying to "make it" in the big city. With the same stylish verve and searching analysis that illuminate his fiction, Dowell recounts his frustrating experiences in show biz: early success as staff composer for a TV show (to which he was recommended by Tennessee Williams); next, touted as David Merrick's "Golden Boy," a failed attempt to adapt O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! as a musical; several other attempts at a hit on Broadway; and finally, a sabotaged venture at making a musical of Carl Van Vechten's novel The Tattooed Countess. Throughout this memoir are unsparing portraits of Williams, Merrick, Van Vechten, Isak Dinesen, and others of the period. But the real star is Dowell himself: "his paranoia, his bedeviled fascination with glamour, his lyric response to nature, his nostalgia for a Kentucky he'd fled and then reinvented, his Gothic sense of horror, his touchy pride, his passion for black men, his alienation from both heterosexual society and the two forms of gay life he'd known" (from novelist Edmund White's foreword). Illustrated with eight pages of photographs (many, including the cover, by Van Vechten)
One of the children is crying (galley proofs) by Coleman Dowell( )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Uncorrected galley proofs for the novel, slated for publication on February 21, 1968 by Random House. Page numbering varies. "Boucher" written on front cover in red pencil
The snake's house (manuscript) by Coleman Dowell( )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Typewritten manuscript of a short story subsequently published in Ambit, no. 79 (1979). Included in a novel eventually published under title, White on black on white. Inscribed by the author to Douglas
The snake's house by Coleman Dowell( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Grenfell Press archive collection]( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Contains material relating to the production of books, broadsides, and printed ephemera bearing the Grenfell Press imprint, as well as other projects designed by the press, founded by Leslie Miller in 1979
Bradford Morrow papers by Bradford Morrow( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Bradford Morrow papers include manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, notebooks and research materials, including books, related to Morrow's novels, poems, essays and other writings, as well as writings by Martine Bellen, Don DeLillo, Patrick McGrath and Geoffrey O'Brien. The papers also include some of Morrow's personal notebooks, diaries and photographs, and materials from Bradford Morrow Bookseller and Conjunctions Magazine. Most of the materials are dated from 1973 to 2001
by Conjunctions( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Some of the correspondents include: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Frederick Busch, Mary Caponegro, Hayden Carruth, Tom Clark, James Clifford, Peter Cole, Clark Coolidge, Cid Corman, Guy Davenport, Coleman Dowell, Bruce Duffy, Barbara Einzig, Theodore Enslin, Clayton Eshleman, Phillip Foss, Cola Fransen, Gene Frankin, Kenneth Gangemi, John Hawkes, Michael Heller, Leland Hickman, Susan Howe, Barbara Howes, Kenneth Irby, Ronald Johnson, Frederick Robert Karl, Robert Kelly, Gerrit Lansing, James Laughlin, Ann Lauterbach, Karin Lessing, Ron Loewinsohn, Jackson Mac Low, Nathaniel Mackey, Roger Manley, Ed McClanahan, Michael McClure, Guy Mendes, Paul C. Metcalf, Thomas Meyer, Bradford Morrow, Reno Odlin, Toby Olson, Carl Rakosi, Laura Riding, Edouard Roditi, Leslie Scalapino, Armand Schwerner, Dennis Silk, Ronald Silliman, Gustaf Sobin, Gilbert Sorrentino, John Taggart, Nathaniel Tarn, Barbara Tedlock, Keith Waldrop, Rosemarie Waldrop, Paul West, Jonathan Williams
Conjunctions Magazine records by Bradford Morrow( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The records of Conjunctions Magazine are a comprehensive collection of manuscripts, correspondence, proofs, artwork and editorial material related to the influential literary magazine edited by Bradford Morrow and published by Bard College beginning in 1981. The collection is arranged in five series, each corresponding to an accession. Series 1, April 1997 Accession (1970-1996) contains a large collection of author material, correspondence and manuscripts. Authors such as Robert Coover, Joyce Carol Oates, William T. Vollman and David Foster Wallace are represented. A small amount of editorial material is also included in this series, as are production materials (proofs, blue-lines, camera ready copy) for Conjunctions 15 to 27. Series 2, September 1998 Accession (1983-1993) is primarily unsorted correspondence and manuscripts along with some production material. Included is a typescript of Jeffrey Miller's 1983 work: Paul Bowles, a bibliography, published by Black Sparrow Press (Box A98-40:1, Folders 1-3). Series 3, November 2004 Accession (1999) contains an extensive file of author materials (manuscripts and correspondence) that includes many of the writers who have been published in Conjunctions, among them Brian Evenson, Rick Moody, Paul West and William Gass. Included are scattered productions materials for issues 29 to 42. Series 4, November 2006 Accession (1991-2005) includes author files, cover letters and unsorted correspondence from 1992 to 2004; several identified correspondents are Martine Bellen, Michael Bergstein and William Burroughs. Also included are manuscripts (some of them copyedited); among these are Michael Frayn's Headlong (Box A2006-60:15); Marguerite Young's Harp Song for a Radical : the Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs (Box A2006-60:18); and Norman Manea's The Hooligan's Return (A2006-60:49). A large collection of production materials for issues 22 to 42 are also found in this series. Subscriber lists, bound copies of Conjunctions and a VHS recording of a Conjunctions 31 reading are included. Series 5, August 2008 Accession (1995-2008) contains a significant collection of author files and correspondence (much of it arranged chronologically). Copyedited manuscripts and first proofs for issues 41 to 50 are also included in this series, along with manuscripts by David Shields, Ned Rorem and Paul West (Box A2008-044:57-58). There is also a collection of revised drafts of Bradford Morrow's manuscripts The Diviner and The Fifth Turning. Production materials for Conjunctions 33 to 50 are contained in this series, as are several folders of correspondence and manuscripts relating to the 1997 online edition of Conjunctions (Box A2008-044:56)
 
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Mrs. October was here
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Island peopleToo much flesh and JabezWhite on black on whiteMrs. October was hereA star-bright lieFever vision : the life and works of Coleman Dowell