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was the first novel by American writer Tobias Wolff
Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff is an American author. He is known for his memoirs, particularly This Boy's Life , and his short stories. He has also written two novels.-Biography:Wolff was born in 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama...
. It was published only in Britain
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, in 1975
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, and has never been reprinted. The book does not appear in Wolff's list of publications included in recent books -- the London Review of Books
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commented on this omission, stating that "to read (Ugly Rumours)
is to understand why (it was omitted from the list of publications)" -- and when his novel Old School
Old School is a novel by Tobias Wolff. It was first published on November 4, 2003, after three portions of the novel had appeared in The New Yorker as short stories....
was published in 2004
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, all publicity copy referred to it as his first novel. This is not so much inaccurate as it indicates Wolff's repudiation of his early work.
In 2003, Wolff described Rumours
as "terrible", saying that it was "the best (he) could do at the time, but it really wasn't very good", and that it now "embarrasses" him.
In 2011, Wolff stated that he has "no feeling for the book now, no interest in it, and no interest in attracting attention to it by talking about it."
During the Vietnam War
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, two Special Forces soldiers attempt to avoid combat duty.