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John Fante Selected Letters 1932-1981

John Fante Selected Letters 1932-1981

Author: John Fante
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062013092
Pages: 384
Year: 2010-08-17
Fante's captivating letters trace his emergence from poverty to life as a Hollywood screenwriter. Complemented by many photos and interesting appendices, the book is most distinguished by Fante's letters to his mother-letters in which he is just as apt to lie about church attendance as he is to describe, with peculiar candor, skinny-dipping with a girl friend.
Selected Letters, 1932-1981

Selected Letters, 1932-1981

Author: John Fante, Seamus Cooney
Publisher:
ISBN: 0876858337
Pages: 351
Year: 1991-01-01

John Fante

John Fante

Author: Long Beach) John Fante Conference (1995 California State University
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 0838637787
Pages: 160
Year: 1999
This collection of critical essays on the fiction of John Fante is the first concerted effort to assess the work, and acknowledge the significance, of one of America's most engaging and original twentieth-century literary talents. Over the span of a half-century - from the early 1930s to the early 1980s - the Italian-American Fante (1909-1983) wrote short stories and novels that drew on his own life from his Catholic childhood in Colorado through his down-and-out days in Los Angeles, to his adventures as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He writes about all these things with gusto, humor, directness, and an honesty tinged with the irony of a true modernist.
John Fante

John Fante

Author: Richard Collins
Publisher: Guernica Editions
ISBN: 1550710710
Pages: 300
Year: 2000
John Fante, an important figure in the history of the Italian-American novel, is proving to be fascinating to contemporary readers. Richard Collins has caught Fante's spirit from several crucial angles: as an ethnic writer; as a comic novelist; as a serious writer struggling to remain so in Hollywood. Intelligent, balanced, informative, and empathetic, this book combines criticism with scholarship, and biography with history to make what Henry James would have called a perfect 'literary portrait, ' for it gives life to an interesting subject
Against the American Dream

Against the American Dream

Author: Russell Harrison
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
ISBN: 0876859597
Pages: 323
Year: 1994

Queen Calafia's Paradise

Queen Calafia's Paradise

Author: Kenneth Scambray
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 0838641172
Pages: 211
Year: 2007
In Queen Calafia's Paradise, Ken Scambray explains that California offers Italian American protagonists a unique cultural landscape in which to define what it means to be an American and how Italian American protagonists embark on a voyage to reconcile their Old World heritage with modern American society. In Pasinetti's From the Academy Bridge (1970), Scambray analyzes the influence of Pasinetti's diverse California landscape upon his protagonist. Scambray argues that any reading of Madalena's Confetti for Gino (1959), set in San Diego's Little Italy, must take into account Madalena's homosexuality and his little known homosexual World War II novel, The Invisible Glass (1950). In his chapters covering John Fante's Los Angeles fiction, Scambray explores the Italian American's quest to locate a home in Southern California. Ken Scambray teaches courses in North American Italian literature and Los Angeles fiction at the University of La Verne.
Imagining Los Angeles

Imagining Los Angeles

Author: David M. Fine
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 0874176034
Pages: 293
Year: 2004
The literary image of Los Angeles has evolved since the 1880s from promotional literature that hyped the region as a New Eden to contemporary visions of the city as a perplexing, sometimes corrupt, even apocalyptic place that reflects all that is wrong with America. In"Imagining Los Angeles," the first literary history of the city in more than fifty years, critic David Fine traces the history and mood of the place through the work of writers as diverse as Helen Hunt Jackson, Mary Austin, Norman Mailer, Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, Carolyn See, and many others. His lively and engaging text focuses on the way these writers saw Los Angeles and used the image of the city as an element in their work, and on how that image has changed as the city itself became ever larger, more complex, and more socially and ethnically diverse. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the literature and changing image of Southern California."
Ask the Dust

Ask the Dust

Author: John Fante
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062013009
Pages: 192
Year: 2010-05-18
Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the twentieth-century American novel. It is the story of Arturo Bandini, a young writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, mocking, unstable Camilla Lopez, a Mexican waitress. Struggling to survive, he perseveres until, at last, his first novel is published. But the bright light of success is extinguished when Camilla has a nervous breakdown and disappears . . . and Bandini forever rejects the writer's life he fought so hard to attain.
Wait Until Spring, Bandini

Wait Until Spring, Bandini

Author: John Fante
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062013173
Pages: 272
Year: 2010-05-25
He came along, kicking the snow. Here was a disgusted man. His name was Svevo Bandini, and he lived three blocks down that street. He was cold and there were holes in his shoes. That morning he had patched the holes on the inside with pieces of cardboard from a macaroni box. The macaroni in that box was not paid for. He had thought of that as he placed the cardboard inside his shoes.
The Big Hunger

The Big Hunger

Author: John Fante
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062013025
Pages: 320
Year: 2010-09-07
Published here for the first time, this text presents a collection of recently-discovered stories by John Fante.
The John Fante Reader

The John Fante Reader

Author: John Fante, Stephen Cooper
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062036807
Pages: 336
Year: 2010-09-14
It's not every day that a writer, almost unheard of in his lifetime, emerges twenty years after his death as a voice of his generation. But then again, there aren't many writers with such irrepressible genius as John Fante. The John Fante Reader is the important next step in the reintroduction of this influential author to modern audiences. Combining excerpts from his novels and stories, as well as his never-before-published letters, this collection is the perfect primer on the work of a writer -- underappreciated in his time -- who is finally taking his place in the pantheon of twentieth-century American writers.
The Road to Los Angeles

The Road to Los Angeles

Author: John Fante
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062013157
Pages: 176
Year: 2010-05-18
I had a lot of jobs in Los Angeles Harbor because our family was poor and my father was dead. My first job was ditchdigging a short time after I graduated from high school. Every night I couldn’t sleep from the pain in my back. We were digging an excavation in an empty lot, there wasn’t any shade, the sun came straight from a cloudless sky, and I was down in that hole digging with two huskies who dug with a love for it, always laughing and telling jokes, laughing and smoking bitter tobacco.
The Brotherhood of the Grape

The Brotherhood of the Grape

Author: John Fante
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062013033
Pages: 192
Year: 2010-06-01
Henry Molise, a 50 year old, successful writer, returns to the family home to help with the latest drama; his aging parents want to divorce. Henry's tyrannical, brick laying father, Nick, though weak and alcoholic, can still strike fear into the hearts of his sons. His mother, though ill and devout to her Catholicism, still has the power to comfort and confuse her children. This is typical of Fante's novels, it's autobiographical, and brimming with love, death, violence and religion. Writing with great passion Fante powerfully hits home the damage family can wreck upon us all.
Dreams from Bunker Hill

Dreams from Bunker Hill

Author: John Fante
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062013068
Pages: 152
Year: 2010-05-18
My first collision with fame was hardly memorable. I was a busboy at Marx's Deli. The year was 1934. The place was Third and Hill, Los Angeles. I was twenty-one years old, living in a world bounded on the west by Bunker Hill, on the east by Los Angeles Street, on the south by Pershing Square, and on the north by Civic Center. I was a busboy nonpareil, with great verve and style for the profession, and though I was dreadfully underpaid (one dollar a day plus meals) I attracted considerable attention as I whirled from table to table, balancing a tray on one hand, and eliciting smiles from my customers. I had something else beside a waiter's skill to offer my patrons, for I was also a writer.
Tesoro, qui è tutto una follia. Lettere dall'Europa (1957-60)

Tesoro, qui è tutto una follia. Lettere dall'Europa (1957-60)

Author: John Fante
Publisher: Fazi Editore
ISBN: 8881121042
Pages: 94
Year: 1999