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Con L. Sellers Papers

Identifier: M89

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: circa 1956-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

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 was 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 wrote more than 230 novels, under 94 names, both female and male, including a few under his own name. Most of his more recent works are historical romance novels.

Besides writing, Sellers taught writing classes at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon. He 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 raised, trained and showed registered Morgan horses on his Bella Maria ranch in Wilderville, Oregon, where he resided for many years. Sellers passed away February 2, 1992 at the age of 69.


5.15 Cubic Feet

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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 Queen

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was donated by Con Sellers in 1968 and 1969. Other materials were placed on loan with the University in July 1981.

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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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