Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book

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Hachette Books, Oct 26, 2010 - Literary Collections - 240 pages
Lovers of the printed book, arise! Thirty of today’s top writers are here to tell you you’re not alone. In Bound to Last,an amazing array of authors comes to the passionate defense of the printed book with spirited, never-before-published essays celebrating the hardcover or paperback they hold most dearnot necessarily because of its contents, but because of its significance as a one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable object. Whether focusing on the circumstances behind how a particular book was acquired, or how it has become forever “bound up” with a specific person, time, or place, each piece collected here confirms—poignantly, delightfully, irrefutably—that every book tells a story far beyond the one found within its pages. In addition to a foreword by Ray Bradbury, Bound to Last features original contributions by:Chris Abani, Rabih Alameddine, Anthony Doerr, Louis Ferrante, Nick Flynn, Karen Joy Fowler, Julia Glass, Karen Green, David Hajdu, Terrence Holt, Jim Knipfel, Shahriar Mandanipour, Sarah Manguso, Sean Manning, Joyce Maynard, Philipp Meyer, Jonathan Miles, Sigrid Nunez, Ed Park, Victoria Patterson, Francine Prose, Michael Ruhlman, Elissa Schappell, Christine Schutt, Jim Shepard, Susan Straight, J. Courtney Sullivan, Anthony Swofford, Danielle Trussoni, and Xu Xiaobin
 

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Contents

The Crying of Lot 49 and In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
1
Andersens Fairy Tales
8
The Stranger
15
Speak Memory
20
The Shadow of the Sun
25
The Bible
32
Les Miserables
41
Naked Lunch
46
Emily Dickinson Literature and Life
124
Dungeon Masters Guide
129
Sula
140
Ulysses
149
Believe It or Not
156
The Collected Stories
163
The Once and Future King
168
The Carpetbaggers
175

The Story and Its Writer
54
Invisible Man
59
Roar and More
65
Das Kapital
79
The Viking Portable Dorothy Parker
84
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy Eighth Edition
92
For Whom the Bell Tolls
101
The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
108
Mason Dixon
115
The New Professional Chef Fifth Edition
180
Mythology
186
Another Country
192
Hearts Needle
200
Ship of Fools
207
Contributors Notes
217
Contributors Credits
223
Acknowledgments
225
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Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. At the age of fifteen, he started submitting short stories to national magazines. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 600 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books. His books include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Bradbury Speaks. He won numerous awards for his works including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1977, the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. The film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was written by Ray Bradbury and was based on his story The Magic White Suit. He was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, as well as being an imagineer for Walt Disney Enterprises, where he designed the Spaceship Earth exhibition at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. He died after a long illness on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91.

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