Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Hi folks,
This is the best book I've ever read.

William Joyce
I’ve never written a review like this and am unlikely to ever do so again. The reason is I’ve never been totally thunderstruck by a book such as William Joyce’s First Born of an Ass. In lieu of a review, in which I am unable to do its genius even close to suitable justice, I’m going to use the email I sent to William Joyce, upon reading its last page. I cannot say what this book did to me better.
Mr. William Joyce, I just finished FIRST BORN OF AN ASS. I am utterly unworthy to write a review, but I shall try. This is the book God would have written if He could write.
Your book has leaped over all books I've read in my lifetime. I cannot talk about it now. I don't know if I'll ever be able to talk about it.
I am going to go to bed and try to figure out who I am. To be honest, I am shattered. I don't think I'll ever be able to write again and that is the truth. One thing I do know; when I am able I am going to do everything in my power to get this book reissued. This is far, far beyond Nobel Prize worthy.
Thank you for the gift of your genius.
Les Edgerton
That is the email I sent him. I realize this opinion is firmly attached to whatever small literary reputation I may have and that may be considered risky and even foolhardy. But, I fully stand by it. I will not compromise what I feel about this book in the least, reputation and all that be damned. If you can point out a better book, I’ll read it. And, if there is a better book out there, then we all might as well give up.
The only action people should take is to get this book reissued or republished. Please read it.
--Les Edgerton, Author, The Rapist, The Bitch, Monday’s Meal and others.
End of review
P.S. William Joyce is still alive and living in St. Augustine, FL. He embodies the very concept of "writer." He is virtually destitute and has been making his living by playing his harmonica outside of restaurants for coins until the police made him cease. The only place you can buy most of his books are from used copies via abebooks and the like... of which he doesn't realize a cent. He has a new novel written, but it's in a storage locker in Miami and he's trying to get enough money to get down there and retrieve it and send it to an agent and publisher. If anyone is in a position to help him out, please let me know. In my opinion, he's a national treasure. He does have one book available as an ebook, a collection of essays, under one of his pen names, Guillermo O'Joyce, titled MILLER, BUKOWSKI & THEIR ENEMIES. He does realize royalties from this one, so please consider glomming onto a copy. Thank you.


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Jerry Jenkins said...

Wow, wish I could order that book, but the price of those hen's teeth copies puts it in the Dean Kuntz 'How To Write Best-Selling Fiction' category, of which I have two copies (I'd trade one for a Joyce).

Loved your line about God "if He could write." Don't know if you've seen it, but He wrote one a long time ago that I understand is still in print and has done remarkably well--I'm pretty sure even better than Harry Potter. Controversial, but some people swear by it.

Les Edgerton said...

Hi Dr. Jenkins--what an honor! I imagine you're referring to the Bible, but my understanding is that God didn't actually write it, but inspired it. As for direct writing, I'm not aware of anything He actually penned...

William Joyce tells me his publisher has located more copies so it may become available at a reasonable price.

I'm sending you a signed copy of Hooked, via our mutual friend, Michael. It's an honor to have you show up here!

Blue skies,

The Dolt said...

Hello Les

Wiliam might have mentioned me to you. I read his absolutely necessary 'Miller, Bukowski and their Enemies' a few years ago and wrote about it for the British mag 'Beatscene'. I've still not read anything like it. I'd very much like to help William any way I can. Any ideas?

David Holzer


Les Edgerton said...

Hi David,
It's a pleasure to meet you, sir. If you don't have William's current email and/or phone number, please email me at butchedgerton@comcast.net and I'll get it to you and you can contac t him yourself to see how best to assist him. Thank you!

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