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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Bastard Out of Carolina (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cavedweller (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

The Women Who Hate Me (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trash (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Skin (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conversations with Dorothy Allison (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Best American Short Stories Books

The Best Short Stories of 1915 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1916 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1917 (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1918 (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1919 (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921 (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1922 (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1923 (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1924 (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1925 (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1926 (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1927 (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1928 (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1929 (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1930 (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1931 (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1932 (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1933 (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1934 (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1935 (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1936 (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1937 (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1938 (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1940 (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1941 (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1944 (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1946 (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1948 (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1949 (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1950 (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1951 (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1952 (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1953 (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1959 (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1965 (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1966 (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1967 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1968 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of 1969 (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1971 (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1972 (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1974 (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1977 (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1980 (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1984 (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2001 (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories1921 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Writer's Notebook(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Dorothy Allison is a reputed American author of gay & lesbian and literature & fiction novels. She has written several widely successful standalone novels, including Cavedweller, Bastard Out of Carolina, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, etc. Dorothy has also penned a collection of poems and several short stories. Her books typically focus on the issues of sexual abuse, feminism, class struggle, child abuse, and lesbianism. Dorothy is self-identified as a lesbian femme. Her books have helped her win several prestigious awards and nominations, including multiple Lambda Literary Awards. She was elected to become a member of the Southern Writers Fellowship in 2014. Author Dorothy was born on April 11, 1949, in Greenville, South Carolina. Her mother, Ruth Gibson Allison, was just 15 years old when she conceived her. Ruth raised Dorothy as a single mother.

Dorothy experienced poor financial conditions while growing as her mother had to work as a cook and waitress to earn the livelihood for the two of them. When Dorothy was 5 years old, her mother got married. Soon after the marriage, Dorothy’s stepdad started abusing her sexually. She endured the abuse for 7 long years. At the age of eleven, Dorothy told what she was going through, to one of her relatives. When Ruth came to know about it, she warned her husband to leave Dorothy alone or she would leave him. He agreed and the family stayed together for some time. But, he began abuse again and continued it for another five years. The continuous abuse affected Dorothy physically and mentally. She contracted gonorrhea and underwent treatment through most of her 20s. Dorothy was devastated to know that the disease made it impossible for her to conceive.

To escape the increasing debt, Dorothy’s family relocated to central Florida. Several members of her family lost their lives due to extreme poverty and Dorothy had witnessed all of it with her own eyes. She became the first person in the family to complete high school education. Dorothy overcame the chaotic life at home and succeeded as a student. At the age of 18, Dorothy left home to enroll herself in college. During the early 1970s, she studied at Florida Presbyterian College, on her National Merit scholarship. Dorothy joined the women’s movement during her time in college. She eventually graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology. Later, she joined the Florida State University to study anthropology further.

Before Dorothy became a successful writer, she tried her hand at a variety of other jobs. She took up jobs as a substitute teacher, maid, salad girl, nanny, etc. She even worked as a receptionist and call-receiver at a rape crisis and a childcare center. Sometimes, Dorothy underwent training during daytime and sat down to write on yellow-colored legal pads at night in her motel room. Dorothy often wrote about the experiences of her life, including the time she faced poverty, endured abuse by her stepdad, and developed an interest in women. All these experiences became the base of Dorothy’s future works. In 1979, Dorothy shifted to New York City, where he earned her master’s degree in urban anthropology. Following this, she worked against sexual abuses faced by women and wrote fiction. She even taught writing courses at college. Throughout her career, Dorothy has contributed to numerous magazines along with writing novels and poetry.

A popular book penned by author Dorothy Allison is entitled ‘Cavedweller’. It was released by Penguin Books in 1999. Dorothy has mentioned the central characters in this book in the form of Delia Byrd, Amanda, Cissy, Dede, and several others. Initially, Delia Byrd is depicted as packing her bag and beginning her long trip from Los Angeles to her home. She leaves behind the glamorous world of the rock n roll business, darker days of violence and whiskey, her passion for songwriting and singing, and the false promises of the man she loved, and heads back to her home in Cairo, Georgia. Ten years ago, Delia Byrd had left her cheating husband and abandoned her young daughters to move to California.

After being out for so long, she is now pulled back to the same old world of Georgia filled with biscuit factories and convenience stores. Delia intends to make a deal with her former husband and get back to her 2 daughters. She brings her 3rd daughter named Cissy with her. As the lives of Cissy, Dede, Amanda, and Delia converge, the past of Delia uncoils into her present with unimaginable outcomes. The four women are forced to come to terms with each other and with themselves. Dorothy has told this story in an unforgettable and incantatory voice. Its a mind-blowing novel showcasing human spirit.

Another successful book written by Dorothy in her writing career is known as ‘Bastard Out of Carolina’. It was published by the Plume publication in 2005, after its original release in 1992. Dorothy has described the lead characters in this novel as Ruth Anne Boatwright, Daddy Glen, Anney, and a few others. The setting of this book takes place in Greenville, South Carolina. Initially, Dorothy has described Greenville County as a lush, wild place, where the members of the Boatwright family live. The long family is a tightly knit clan of hard-drinking, rough-hewn males and indomitable females. The men usually involve themselves in shooting the trucks of other men, while the women get married at a young age and become old quickly. Ruth Anne Boatwright is seen at the center of this story. She is simply called as Bone.

Ruth is a bastard kid and observes the clan and its people with a keen and merciless perspective. Daddy Glen is her stepfather, who appears to be a mean and cold man. When he becomes increasingly aggressive towards her, Ruth Anne doesn’t know what to do. She gets caught up in a matter that tests her mother’s loyalty and leads her to a harrowing, final encounter from where she doesn’t turn back. This book’s story is inspired by the real-life story of author Dorothy. She has created the characters based on her own family members and has shared what all she experienced as a child through the story of Ruth Anne Boatwright.

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