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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lawrence Rust Hills

posted by on August 14 at 14:59 PM

Dead at 83. You should read the entire New York Times obituary, but to get you interested, here’s the capsule: he was the fiction editor for Esquire, back when Esquire was continually in battle with one or two other big-name magazines for the title of most important publisher of short fiction in the world.

From the Times, here’s a short list of authors whose work Hills guided from the beginning:

Norman Mailer, John Cheever, William Styron, Bruce Jay Friedman, William Gaddis, James Salter, Don DeLillo, Ann Beattie, Richard Ford, Raymond Carver and E. Annie Proulx.

And here’s another bit of an idea of the history that we’ve lost with Hills’ passing:

Lawrence Rust Hills Dorothy Parker once remarked to him that his name made her forget all the other New Jersey suburbs was born on Nov. 9, 1924.

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Walter Monheit used to wax about those cracking good times at Esquire. Sparkling! Simply, so.

Posted by John Bailo | August 14, 2008 3:07 PM


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Posted by Self Hating Internet Troll | August 14, 2008 3:15 PM

Interesting Dorothy Parker quote.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 14, 2008 3:30 PM

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