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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

click for a larger image of item #915763, Working Copy of Kentucky Straight (Castle Rock), Bella Luna, (1992). Copyedited typeset sheets for an apparently never-produced limited edition of Offutt's first book, a collection of stories published in 1992 as a paperback original in the Vintage Contemporaries series. One full set (140 pages) and five partial sets (approximately 270 pages). With copyeditor's marks throughout. 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, printed on rectos only. A few marks where rubber bands once lay; near fine, in manuscript box. Offutt's book received high praise from critics; on the strength of it and his 1993 memoir, The Same River Twice, he was named one of the "20 best young American writers" by Granta magazine. Presumably unique. [#915763] $750
click for a larger image of item #16357, Typed Note Signed 1999. July 5, 1999. Several short paragraphs in which Offutt agrees to sign a book and thanks his correspondent for writing: "Writing is an isolating act and it is terrific to hear from the world beyond my room...I appreciate knowing that these stories are able to reach someone whose background and experience in life are different from my own." He goes on to say he's moving, "...leaving Kentucky again forever. This is the sixth departure of my adult life. Fodder for the next book I suppose." In 1999, Offutt published Out of the Woods, a collection of stories about characters who left Kentucky. His next book, No Heroes, in 2002, was a memoir about returning. Signed by the author. Folded for mailing; fine, with hand-addressed envelope. [#016357] $30