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Collection Title: Sellers (Con L.) Papers
Collection Number: M89
Dates: Circa 1956-1981
Volume: 5.15 cu.ft.
Connie Leslie Sellers was born March 1, 1922 in Shubuta, Mississippi. In 1943 he married Mary Raineri in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are the parents of two sons, Leonard and Shannon. Sellers is a much-decorated Korean War veteran. He received prestigious medals not only from the United States, but also from the countries of France, England, and the Republic of Korea. Sellers was also awarded the Korean Medal from the United Nations.
It was while he was a soldier that Sellers began to write. He edited Army newspapers and served as a combat correspondent during the Korean War. He used his experiences in the Army to flavor his early short stories and poetry. After leaving the Army, Sellers began writing in earnest. His first published works were macho short stories and articles he wrote for men's magazines. He then wrote low grade novels that often included sexually liberal content for the times. In the 1960's, under the name of Robert Crane, he wrote a series of adventure novels about the Korean War that were mildly successful. He also wrote a screenplay, Too Late the Hero and the novel, Dallas ; inspired by the television series by the same name. Over the years, Sellers has written more than 230 novels, under 94 names, both female and male, including a few under his own name. Most of his recent works have been historical romance novels.
Besides writing, Sellers teaches writing classes at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon. He has trained and managed several boxers in the Tacoma-Seattle area. Sellers himself was a lightweight boxing champion in the Army and an AAU welterweight champion. He also raises, trains and shows registered Morgan horses on his Bella Maria ranch in Wilderville, Oregon, where he has resided now for many years.
The Con Sellers Papers contain a wide range of literary manuscripts and related correspondence that shed light on the successful writing career of Con Sellers. Manuscripts (original, revised, corrected, carbons), galley proofs, correspondence royalty statements and paperback books of twenty-three novels (documentation incomplete for some titles) are included in this collection. Other materials include correspondence with publishers relative to other projects, financial information, legal documents, short stories and articles, speaking engagements, unfinished manuscripts, and various monthly work schedules. The materials in this collection provide insight into the work of a writer of popular fiction and also into the mass-market publishing industry.
Materials for the following novels are included in this collection: Bed of Strangers , Big Broad , Born of Battle , Burn Page 73! , The Cat's Astrologer , Cry of the Cat , Dallas , A Horse's Astrologer , House on the Black Bayou , The Last Flower , Marilee , Night Shadows , Operation Vengeance , The Paradise Trap , The Sergeant and the Butterfly , The Sergeant and the Queen , Sergeant Corbin's War , Strikeback , Sweet Caroline , Tongue of Treason , Too Late the Hero , Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? , Women in the Shadows .
Box 1 contains oversize materials too large to be filed in the regular size boxes (2-11). General correspondence with publishers, general financial information, legal documents, short stories, articles, unfinished manuscripts, and various work schedules are contained in boxes 2-4. All correspondence, manuscripts, financial information, etc. relating to a novel are arranged together under the title of the novel, which are filed alphabetically in boxes 5-11.
Box 1 Oversize materials
Box 2 Correspondence with publishers
Box 3 Correspondence, articles, poetry
Box 4 Correspondence, short stories and articles, unfinished manuscripts, work schedules
Box 5 Novels: Bed of Strangers - Dallas
Box 6 Novels: Dallas - Night Shadows
Box 7 Novels: Night Shadows - The Sergeant and the Quee
Box 8 Novels: The Sergeant and the Queen - Sweet Caroline
Box 9 Novels: Sweet Caroline - Tongue of Treason
Box 10 Novels: Tongue of Treason - Too Late the Hero
Box 11 Novels: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? - Women in the Shadows