Fante: A Family's Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving

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Harper Collins, Aug 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
"Dan Fante is an authentic literary outlaw." —New York Times

From Dan Fante, son of novelist John Fante, comes an exploration of his family’s legacy—one of boozing, passion, writing, and survival. Long before his father achieved literary recognition for Ask the Dust or The Road to Los Angeles, and before Dan had conceived his novels 86’d, Chump Change, and Mooch, their difficult relationship as father and son evolved in a household where love and literary artistry were often overshadowed by emotional violence. Fante is the story of Dan’s struggle to find his own voice amidst the madness of his family’s dark inheritance, a memoir of his escape from his own vices and his eventual return to Los Angeles to embrace the man—and the calling—that once had driven him away.

 

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A tell-all of a turbulent, alcohol-infused life recounted by the son of a literary icon.In his memoir, Dan Fante (86'd, 2009, etc.)—the black-sheep son of writer John Fante—describes an unhappy ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter One Italy to America
1
Chapter Two The Fante Family
11
Chapter Three John and Joyce in Hollywood
21
Chapter Four The Death of Ask the Dust
33
Chapter Six Two Brothers
43
Chapter Seven Malibu and the Hollywood Ten
51
Chapter Eight Rocco
63
Chapter Nine Diabetes
71
Chapter Twentytwo A Real Private Dick
189
Chapter Twentythree Real Detective Work
195
Chapter Twentyfour Hollywood Luck
203
Chapter Twentyfive Skinning a New Cat
209
Chapter Twentysix Help from Uncle Spit
219
Chapter Twentyseven A Good Novel Can Change
229
Chapter Twentyeight Dodging the Bullet
239
Chapter Twentynine The Limoscene
245

Chapter Eleven Zanuck and Saroyan
81
Chapter Thirteen Working as a Carny
93
Chapter Fourteen Life of a Salesman
109
Chapter Fifteen New York City
119
Chapter Sixteen Mo and Johnnie Beard
129
Chapter Seventeen John Fante Writes Again
145
Chapter Eighteen Taxi Taxi and Uncle Spit
151
Chapter Nineteen Batshit Crazy and a Bad Leg
163
Chapter Twenty Smoke and Sexy Vonnie
169
Chapter Twentyone The Cure
183
Chapter Thirty A Novelist Again
257
Chapter Thirtyone DavKo Hollywood
265
Chapter Thirtytwo Another Shot at Detox
283
Chapter Thirtythree Not Even Fifteen Minutes of Fame
301
Chapter Thirtyfour Bukowski Ben Pleasants and
311
Chapter Thirtyfive Now a Phone Guy
321
Chapter Thirtyeight From Success to Filthy Socks
339
Chapter Forty A Published Author
367
Acknowledgments
383
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About the author (2011)

Dan Fante is the author of the memoir Fante, the novels 86'd, Chump Change, Mooch, and Spitting Off Tall Buildings, and several books of poetry, short stories, and plays. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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