Rust Hills

Lawrence Rust Hills (November 9, 1924 – August 12, 2008) was an American author and fiction editor at Esquire from 1957 to 1964, though he remained associated with the magazine until 1999. Authors he championed include 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. His 1972 book How To Do Things Right: The Revelations of a Fussy Man was a set of humorous essays filled with obsessively-detailed instructions on, for example, the correct way to make and eat milk-toast. In 1974 he edited "Writer's Choice" a collection of short stories. The writers included picked their personal favorite of their own work. Contributors included Updike, Mailer, Capote, Southern, Barth and Roth. David McKay Company, Inc. 1974 0679302700 His 1979 book Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular outlined his views on short story craft. Hills attended Kenyon College for one year and received a B.A. and M.A. from Wesleyan University in 1948 and 1949, respectively. He died in Belfast, Maine of cardiac arrest.

Personal details

Date of birth
November 9th, 1924
Date of death
August 12th, 2008 at age of 83
Cause of death
Cardiac arrest


1. Wesleyan University Colleges/University

Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut, United States founded in 1831. According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Wesleyan is the only Baccalaureate College in the nation that emphasizes undergraduate instruction in the arts and sciences, also provides graduate research in many academic disciplines, and grants PhD degrees primarily in the sciences and mathematics. Wesleyan is the second most productive liberal arts college in the United States with respect to the number of undergraduates who go on to earn PhDs in all fields of study.

Type Mixed-sex education
2013. 689 mil. $
2012. 616 mil. $
2010. 533 mil. $
Institution colors
229 High Street, 06459 - Middletown, Connecticut
2012. 2,940
2010. 2,854
2009. 2,787
2012. 322
2010. 361
2009. 180
Acceptance rate
2012. 24.0 %
2010. 21.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 46.7 K $
2010. 41.8 K $
Official web page
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People attended Wesleyan University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1924., Novelist
b. 1927., Lawyer
b. 1929., Geologist
b. 1921., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1928., Military Person
b. 1922., Writer
b. 1922., Physicist
b. 1924., Economist


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