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The Resource A star-bright lie, Coleman Dowell ; foreword by Edmund White ; introduction by Linda K. and John R. Kuehl

A star-bright lie, Coleman Dowell ; foreword by Edmund White ; introduction by Linda K. and John R. Kuehl

Label
A star-bright lie
Title
A star-bright lie
Statement of responsibility
Coleman Dowell ; foreword by Edmund White ; introduction by Linda K. and John R. Kuehl
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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)
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dowell, Coleman
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • Dowell, Coleman
  • Van Vechten, Carl
Label
A star-bright lie, Coleman Dowell ; foreword by Edmund White ; introduction by Linda K. and John R. Kuehl
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
26503247
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 165 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781564780225
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1549802
Label
A star-bright lie, Coleman Dowell ; foreword by Edmund White ; introduction by Linda K. and John R. Kuehl
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
26503247
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 165 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781564780225
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1549802

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