A fan's notes: a fictional memoir

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Harper & Row, 1968 - Fiction - 385 pages
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User Review  - phredfrancis - LibraryThing

This is one of my favorite novels, in part because of the solid prose, in part because of the dark humor, and in part because of the protagonist's jaded, outsider view. There's also a lot about ... Read full review

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This is probably the most unusual of several semi-autobiographical alcoholic memoirs I’ve read, though it wouldn’t seem so at first glance. Exley’s writing style is conversational and the stories he ... Read full review


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Born in Watertown, New York, on March 28, 1929, Frederick Exley grew up in the shadow of his father, a star athlete in the small town. The fame of the father would later haunt the son's writings. Exley earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1953 and once taught writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. Exley drew heavily on his own life experiences of alcoholism, two broken marriages, a number of sexual encounters, a suicide attempt, and three stays in mental hospitals. The first piece of his trilogy, A Fan's Notes: A Fictional Memoir, was published in 1968 and won widespread critical acclaim including the William Faulkner Award in 1968 and a nomination for the National Book Award. It also drew comparisons to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Central to the plot is Exley's devotion to the New York Giants and Frank Gifford, a former Giants running back and television broadcaster. Neither of the last two books, Pages from a Cold Island (1972) and Last Notes from Home (1988) garnered the same acclaim. Exley died of a stroke on June 17, 1992.

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