Authors he championed include Norman Mailer, John Cheever, William Styron, Bruce Jay Friedman, William Gaddis, James Salter, Don DeLillo, Joy Williams, 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. His survivors are his wife of 35 years, Joy Wiiliams ( author) and daughter Caitlin Hills.
- Weber, Bruce (August 13, 2008). L. Rust Hills, Fiction Editor at Esquire, Dies at 83. New York Times
- Hills, Rust (1979). Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular: An Informal Textbook. Bantam Books, 1979 9780553123791
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