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 DusThe 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....
|Title||:||Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante|
|Number of Pages||:||496 Pages|
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Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante Reviews
Well-written biography but I was so disappointed to learn that the author of the novel and screenplay of the wonderful film, Full of Life, was a brutal, self-indulgent drunk, a mean husband, and a neglectful father. It shouldn't matter, but it does. Stephen Cooper pretty much guaranteed that I will never read another John Fante novel.
John Fante era un ometto terribile e sua moglie una specie di santa. Probabilmente se non avesse sprecato il suo talento scrivendo scialbe sceneggiature per Hollywood, oggi avremmo molti più racconti e romanzi di qualità, ma lui era fatto così: amava prima di tutto godersi la vita, l'arte veniva un po' dopo."Non mi piacciono i film, non mi sono mai piaciuti né mai mi piaceranno. Ma vado in delirio per gli stipendi che pagano."Una bella biografia, ricchissima e documentatissima, scritta con amore.
This was a very well written bio of a great, though underrated author.
Perhaps not the most entertaining biography I ever did read, but a fascinating account of a great but troubled writer nonetheless.
It was truly the last 50 pages that earned it that 4th star. Slow start...I found it surprisingly dry for a book about my very favorite author. But those last 50 pages were a stand-out. Learned a lot about a man I find fascinating.
this book was long. i took a break to read another book (dreams from bunker hill by john fante). the pages started falling out because i would fall asleep on the bus with it open. it took me way too long to read.
A little too much literary criticism until about the last third of the book. Still, a good read about an awesome writer.
A very well written biography of a very complicated man and Italian American author.