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Barthelme, Frederick; Butler, Robert Owen; Moody, Rick; Martone, Michael & Neville, Susan (Editors). RULES OF THUMB: 73 AUTHORS REVEAL THEIR FICTION WRITING FIXATIONS. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 245 pages. As New.

Collection of short essays on subject. One of the finest collections of its kind ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. An elegant production by Writer's Digest Books: Regular-sized format in oblong shape. Hard boards with titles on the cover and spine and green cloth overboards, as issued. Contributions by various authors. Printed on pristine-white archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. "Whether it's the simplest of prohibitions (don't use too many adjectives) or a cherished writing maxim (show, don't tell), all writers have a rule of thumb that guides their work. In this book, 73 contemporary writers share their own: Jiro Adachi, Steve Almond, John Barth, Frederick Barthelme, Janet Burroway, Robert Olen Butler, Lydia Davis, Stephen Dixon, Molly Giles, Robin Hemley, Brian Kiteley, Bret Lott, Paul Maliszewski, Erin McGraw, Pablo Medina, Ander Monson, Rick Moody, Stewart O'Nan, Gina Ochsner, Thisbe Nissen, Scott Russell Sanders, Barb Shoup, Joan Silber, Joseph Skibell, Melanie Rae Thom, Steve Tomasula, and Jane Yolen" (Publisher's blurb). Brilliantly illustrated, meticulously produced, and beautifully written, this is a "must-have" title for Modern First and contemporary literature collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Some of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 1582973911. $30.00

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