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ROCKY'S FIRST FILM WAS ALL FISTS, AND NOW HIS FIRST NOVEL IS ALL THUMBS
Jonathan Yardley
December 12, 1977
These are hard times for the first novelist—hard, that is, unless he happens to have a socko box-office byline. Most young writers have to resort to little magazines and small presses if they want their apprentice work to see the light of day. If, on the other hand, the first novelist is named Sylvester Stallone...well, that is another kettle offish altogether.
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December 12, 1977

Rocky's First Film Was All Fists, And Now His First Novel Is All Thumbs

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In a way this is rather funny: see the movie star get literary pretensions and make a fool of himself, ha, ha, ha. But when one thinks about all the good, serious writers who can't get published, it is not funny. At $8.95, Paradise Alley is the ripoff of the year.

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