"Fante would have loved this book, unless of course people wind up reading it instead of his fiction, in which case he'd have decked somebody. Those lucky souls whom this sad, lusty biography sends to his novels have a revelation in store. Discovering Fante is like tasting garlic for the first time." --David Kipen, "San Francisco Chronicle"
"By bringing together [Fante's] life and work for the first time with such clarity of purpose, Cooper presents a remarkable gift to innumerable fans of Fante's work. Long live Arturo Bandini." --Phyllis Richardson, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
The first biography of one of the great outsiders of American literature.
In the first comprehensive biography of John Fante, one of the great lost souls of twentieth-century literature, Stephen Cooper untangles the enigma of an authentic American original. By turns savage and poetic, violent and full of love, such underground novels as The Road to Los Angeles; Ask the Dust; and Wait Until Spring, Bandini simultaneously reveal and disguise their author.
Born in 1909 to poor Italian American parents in Colorado, Fante ventured west in 1930 to become a writer. Eventually settling in Los Angeles' faded downtown area of Bunker Hill, Fante starved between menial Depression-era jobs while writing story after story about the world he knew-full of poverty, hatred, and the madness of love. His first stories were published by H. L. Mencken in the American Mercury, but Fante also made a career in Hollywood working with the likes of Orson Welles and Darryl F. Zanuck.
By the time of his death, though, he was nearly forgotten. Fortunately, readers such as Charles Bukowski began to recognize that Ask the Dust stands alongside the best work of Nathanael West and Sherwood Anderson. This exacting and vivid biography will help secure Fante's place in the American literary pantheon.
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Descripción North Point Press, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 1st. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0865475547
Descripción North Point Press, 2000. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Though his talent was all but ruined in her clutches, John Fante's muse was Los Angeles; he made his home in the faded downtown area, Bunker Hill, starving between menial Depression-era jobs, while writing story after story about the world he knew -- full of poverty, hatred, and the madness of love. In the first comprehensive biography of Fante, Stephen Cooper untangles the enigma of one of twentieth-century literature's great outsider figures, whose early novels and stories are lately classed with the best work of Nathanael West and Sherwood Anderson. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0865475547
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Descripción North Point Press, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0865475547
Descripción North Point Press, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110865475547