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During Owen Dodson’s undergraduate years at Bates College, his poetry appeared in such publications as Opportunity, New Masses, and the New York Herald Tribune. Over the decades, numerous periodicals and anthologies have published his verse. His three volumes of verse are Powerful Long Ladder (1946), which includes excerpts from his Divine Comedy verse play; The Confession Stone (1968), which was revised and enlarged as The Confession Stone: Song Cycles (1970); and The Harlem Book of the Dead (1978), which features Dodson’s poetry and James Van Der Zee’s photographs.
Dodson also wrote two novels. Boy at the Window (1951) is an autobiographical novel about Coin Foreman, a nine-year-old Brooklyn boy. When the novel was published in paperback in 1967, the title was changed to When Trees Were Green. In his second novel, Come Home Early, Child (1977), Foreman is now an adult. Although his novels received favorable commentary from critics, his poetry and drama earned him greater acclaim.