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First Words: Earliest Writings from Favorite Contemporary Authors

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ISBN 10: 0945575718 / ISBN 13: 9780945575719
Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Near fine (small blemish on the front endpaper) in dust jacket with slight wear. Review slip, press release, and photo of Mandelbaum by Steve Schneider laid in. Bookseller Inventory # b426

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Title: First Words: Earliest Writings from Favorite...

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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A collection of writings created by forty-two successful American authors as children or adolescents includes "Jhonathan and the Witchs" by a nine-year-old Stephen King, as well as works by John Updike, Gore Vidal, Michael Crichton, and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.

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Editor Paul Mandelbaum persuaded twenty-two authors to share their childhood writings and their treasured photographs. What he's collected is a fascinating revelation of young creative minds at work, wrestling with early versions of ideas that were to take hold of their writings in later years.

Of course, the young Michael Crichton would describe what goes on in a dissection lab. Of course, Madeleine L'Engle would wonder about space and the meaning of eternity. Margaret Atwood would questions conventional female behavior, arguing for the right to smoke cigars. And Stephen King would write a macabre story of slicing and piercing at age nine.

First Words is an inspiration to budding writers, encouraging teachers, and just plain readers.

FIRST WORDS features the early works of: Margaret Atwood, Roy Blunt, Jr., Paul Bowles, Pat Conroy, Michael Crichton, Rita Dove, Clyde Edgerton, Gail Godwin, Allan Gurganus, Charles Johnson, Stephen King, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine L'Engle, Jill McCorkle, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, William Styron, Amy Tan, John Updike, Gore Vidal, Tobias Wolf

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