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Q: Searching for collection of short stories ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Searching for collection of short stories
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: aracelis-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 01 Dec 2005 03:35 PST
Expires: 31 Dec 2005 03:35 PST
Question ID: 599934
I'm looking for a book- a collection of short stories- that I read
parts of about ten years ago and loved and then somehow misplaced. 
The author was male, I think he was Southern, and most of the stories
had gay undertones.  All of the stories in this collection were of
children.  I think the title had the world "children" in it too.  They
were disturbing stories, incest was fairly common subject matter.

I'm trying to remember what I know of the author. . . he was fairly
contemporary, but dead now (suicide?)  He also wrote a book (not very
well received) the title of which was something like "black on white".
 I believe he also worked on a few plays.

I know this is hardly any info, but if anyone could find the author 
of collection of stories, it would be much appreciated!
Thank you!!
Subject: Re: Searching for collection of short stories
Answered By: juggler-ga on 01 Dec 2005 04:19 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I believe that you're looking for "The Houses of Children: Collected
stories" (1985) by Coleman Dowell.

In accord with your description, Coleman Dowell was Southern (from
Kentucky), wrote a few plays, and committed suicide by jumping out a
window in 1985.  He was also the author of a book called  "White on
Black on White" (1983).  See the biographical note here at NYU:

search strategy:
google: "novel * * black on white"
amazon: "coleman dowell" children

I hope this helps.
aracelis-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Thanks for the quick answer!!!  :)

Subject: Re: Searching for collection of short stories
From: melissa1965-ga on 02 Dec 2005 04:43 PST
You could try visiting the freewebs sites under literature, there are
quite few for authors, try <> where you
can inquire about novels, non-fiction and short story collections of
several different genre.
Subject: Re: Searching for collection of short stories
From: juggler-ga on 02 Dec 2005 09:48 PST
I'm confident that I have correctly identified the short story
collection the customer is seeking.  The author is Southern, wrote a
few plays, committed suicide and wrote a novel called "White on Black
on White" (1983).  If "The Houses of Children: Collected Stories"
isn't the right collection of stories, I'll eat my hat.
Subject: Re: Searching for collection of short stories
From: juggler-ga on 03 Dec 2005 17:16 PST
Thank you for the tip.

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