Full of life : a biography of John Fante /

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Author / Creator:Cooper, Stephen, 1949-
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:New York : North Point Press, 2000.
Description:406 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Fante, John, -- 1909-1983
Fante, John, -- 1909-1983
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Screenwriters -- United States -- Biography.
Italian Americans.
Literature.
Novelists, American.
Screenwriters.
California -- Los Angeles.
United States.
Biography.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/4236645
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ISBN:0865475547 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-385) and index.
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Summary: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.
Physical Description:406 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-385) and index.
ISBN:0865475547 (alk. paper)