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"Going to the Lumber Yard may never be the same again!" proclaims the fictional book jacket for my unpublished 1984 novel. "Big business and government agents team up, with their banks of computers and surveillance satellites, for an immense top-secret energy project in the Sahara Desert; as they become entangled with a small band of nomads and, halfway around the world, the eccentric crew of a California lumber yard, the results offer both analysis and antidote for modern times."

LUMBER WORLD: The Rejection File

In addition to my unpublished novel manuscript, The Brautigan Library is making available a volume of historical letters, postcards, and other documents, comprising a record of my extensive attempts to publish the novel during 1984 and 1985—and the results of those efforts in dozens of rejections. I've annotated the correspondence, highlighting the careers of many celebrated (and some notorious) literary agents and editors.

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