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Dowell, Coleman

Overview
Works: 35 works in 70 publications in 4 languages and 2,334 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Sources  Archives  History  Bibliography 
Roles: Creator, Signer
Classifications: PS3554.O932, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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posthumous Publications by Coleman Dowell, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Coleman Dowell
The houses of children : collected stories by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Island people by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
7 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 394 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 )
7 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in English and held by 354 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 )
6 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 271 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 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the children is crying by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
5 editions published between 1968 and 1987 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The silver swanne by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The grass dies by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
3 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les maisons des enfants : nouvelles by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in French and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blanc sur noir sur blanc : roman by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in French and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Trop de chair pour Jabez : roman by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
2 editions published in 1995 in French and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Parties, a novel of contemporary of New York life by Carl Van Vechten ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Noir sur blanc sur noir by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bradford Morrow papers by Bradford Morrow ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The Bradford Morrow papers have been organized into the following five series: Series 1. Writings contains materials dated from 1955 to 2001. It has been arranged into the following subseries: Subseries 1. Bibliographies contains material such as drafts and proofs related to Morrow's A Bibliography of the Black Sparrow Press, 1966-1978 (1981) and A Bibliography of the Writings of Wyndham Lewis (1978). This series also includes a hardcover copy of Blast: 3 (1984), which contains writings by and about Wyndham Lewis, and two issues of Enemy News, the newsletter of the Wyndham Lewis Society. The materials in this subseries are arranged into a sub-subseries for each bibliography and are dated from 1978 to 1984. Subseries 2. Essays, criticism and speeches contains Morrow's first published scholarly article, "A Source for 'Palace in Smoky Light' ", as well as essays about Kenneth Rexroth, William Makepeace Thackeray's Henry Esmond, and Ezra Pound. Many of the essays in this series were written while Morrow was doing graduate work at Yale and are unpublished. This series also includes other literary essays, commentaries, and introductions. This material is dated from 1973 to 1988. Subseries 3. Novels contains materials, chiefly working manuscripts and correspondence, related to Morrow's novels. Many of the manuscripts are annoted by his editors. This subseries has been arranged into the following sub-subseries: Sub-subseries 1. Almanac Branch, Morrow's second novel, contains manuscripts in various stages. One manuscript contains corrections and comments by David Foster Wallace. These materials are dated circa 1990. Sub-suberies 2. Ariel's Crossing contains notebooks and working manuscripts written under two titles: Ariel's Crossing and Nambe's Crossing, which was a later title for the novel that was eventually published as Ariel's Crossing. These materials are dated from 1999 to 2001. Some supplementary materials such as material for the book jacket and a biographical sketch of Morrow are also included in this subseries. Sub-subseries 3. Come Sunday, Morrow's first novel, contains various drafts and manuscripts as well as some research materials related to the book. Some of the manuscripts are labeled using the name of the editors who reviewed them and some are labeled with the names of the places where they were written (Montauk and Sea Cliff on Long Island, New York; Longmeadow, Massachusetts, etc.). The books used for research for this novel are found in Series 4. Books. These materials are dated from 1955 to 1986. Sub-subseries 4. Giovanni's Gift, Morrow's fourth novel, contains early drafts, manuscripts written under alternate titles, correspondence, permissions, and an article from New York Magazine about the novel. These materials are dated from 1993 to 1997. Sub-subseries 5. Trinity Fields, Morrow's third novel, contains contracts, drafts in various stages, edited manuscripts and some correspondence and research materials related to the novel. Books used for research for this novel are found in Series 4. Books. These materials are dated from 1993 to 1996. Sub-subseries 6. Quagg contains the manuscript for Morrow's unpublished novel Quagg. Books used for research for the novel are found in Series 4. Books. The manuscript is not dated. Subseries 4. Plays contains the scripts of two unpublished plays written by Morrow in the early 1970's: Le Peuplier and Persephone and Hephaistos. Subseries 5. Poetry contains both published and unpublished poems. Drafts and the final version of his published work Posthumes are included in this series, as well as drafts, contracts and correspondence related to the children's book Bestiary. This series also includes unpublished song lyrics written in collaboration with Brazilian guitarist Sergio Assad. These materials are dated from 1970 to 1994. Subseries 6. Short fiction contains both published and unpublished short stories and magazine articles written by Morrow, as well as the only extant story version of Morrow's abandoned first novel Ennui. These materials are dated from 1974 to 1999. Subseries 7. Translations contains plays, poems, novellas, and short stories translated from Italian into English by Morrow. Most of the material that Morrow translated was written by Leonardo Sciascia and Luigi Pirandello. These materials are dated from 1971 to 1982. Series 2. Correspondence contains Morrow's correspondence with publishers and agents regarding his writings as well as letters to and from other authors and fans. Correspondence may also be found in Series 1. Writings and Series 3. Personal papers. This series is dated from 1980 to 1999. Series 3. Personal papers includes maps and ephemera from the year Morrow spent as an exchange student in Italy, informal diaries and notebooks containing writings on various topics such as the Vietnam War, a diary concerning Kenneth Rexroth's funeral, photographs, copies of articles from various newspapers and magazines, material from Morrow's business, Bradford Morrow Bookseller, including material related to its publication John Steinbeck: A Collection of Books and Manuscripts; pamphlets and other ephemera related to the litarary magazine Conjunctions; royalty statements from the New Directions Publishing Corporation for 1991-1997, biographical information about Morrow, reviews of his writings, and promotional materials regarding his books and personal appearances. These materials are dated from 1968 to 1993. Series 4. Books contains books Morrow used for research in writing his novels, primarily Come Sunday, Trinity Fields, and Quagg. The majority of the books are related to Latin American politics and history. The books are dated from 1912 to circa 1985. Series 5. Writings by other authors contains a manuscript by the poet Martine Bellen dedicated to Morrow on his birthday, a manuscript of The Phantom Empire by poet and critic Geoffrey O'Brien, the manuscript of Don DeLillo's novel Underworld , the manuscript of The House of Childres by Coleman Dowell, and the manuscript of Patrick McGrath's novel The Grotesque. These materials are dated from 1986 to 1993
by Conjunctions ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Other materials include photographs, corrected proofs of announcements, flyers, invitations, review materials and various miscellany
The snake's house by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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)
[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
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
Hay un niño que llora by Coleman Dowell ( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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