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Block, Lawrence | Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man | Signed Limited Edition Book
Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man | Block, Lawrence | Signed Limited Edition Book


 
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ALL THE FLOWERS ARE DYING by Lawrence Block
AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED LIMITED EDITION


1995 Royal Oak and Mission Viejo: A.S.A.P Limited First Edition, hardbound quarto in special acrylic slipcase. Illustrations by Phil Parks. This is copy 96 of 150 limited copies signed by both Block and illustrator Phil Parks. Block provides a new introduction to this edition.

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RONALD RABBIT IS A DIRTY OLD MAN by Lawrence Block - SIGNED LIMITED EDITION BOOK


"This is either the funniest dirty book or the dirtiest funny book ever written!" - Isaac Asimov


Blocks says, "Somewhere around 1969 I began to grow dissatisfied with the underlying principle of most novels---that a disembodied voice in the first or third person was telling us a story. I liked the idea of novels passing themselves off as documents, and drew inspiration from Mark Harris's WAKE UP, STUPID, and Sue Kaufman's DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, the first ostensibly a collection of letters, the second, duh, a diary.

I also found myself interested in writing with greater candor about sexual topics. I had knocked out dozens of soft-core paperbacks, and wanted to try anew with greater freedom and more realism.

I wrote three paperback original novels for Berkley under the pen name Jill Emerson, two of them in diary form, the third a presumed collaborative novel written in concert by the three viewpoint characters. These were fun to do and worked out well, and they led to RONALD RABBIT IS A DIRTY OLD MAN. I riffed on the experience of my friend George Dickerson, who like the novel's protagonist had the magazine he was editing folded out from under him; George went on reporting to his empty office for several months, until they found him out when they noticed he'd stopped using his expense account. I spliced in an experience of my own, when I drank for hours at the Kettle of Fish on Macdougal Street, emerging only to be picked up by a carful of rich Catholic schoolgirls from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Noroton, Connecticut, who essentially kidnapped me and drove me back to school with them.These things happen.

I wrote the book in four furious days in an apartment on West 35th Street. I did so thinking it would be another pseudonymous paperback, and that no doubt gave me the freedom to write it as I did; after it was written, the friends who read it liked it so much that I was persuaded to publish it as a hardcover novel, and under my own name.

I had the publisher send a copy to Isaac Asimov, whom I'd met a few times over the years. "That's either the funniest dirty book or the dirtiest funny book I've ever read," Isaac told me. "That would make a wonderful blurb," I said. "Over my dead body," he replied.

Well, okay. Isaac's been gone over 25 years now, and while I wish he were still around, he's not. And so I'll just remember him fondly, and thank him for giving Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man a helping hand, all these years later.

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