Pages from a cold island

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Random House, 1975 - Fiction - 274 pages
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The death of Edmund Wilson precipitates an odyssey through the distorted literary landscape of America in search of Wilson's essence as the pre-eminent man of letters and the author's own creative wellsprings

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User Review  - Mary Gross - Goodreads

My favorite of the Exley books. I'm not ashamed to admit that I can't say why. I figure as long as I don't act like that guy, I'm good to go. Read full review


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About the author (1975)

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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