John Fante | Ask the Dust | Charles Bukowski | The American Mercury | Sources
Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante
by Stephen Cooper
(North Point Press, 2001; revised edition, Angel City Press, 2005)
This widely praised biography is the first comprehensive exploration of John Fante’s life and work.
Salon.com: Shanghaied in Tinseltown
Neil Gordon of The Boston Review explores Fante’s life, work and recent surge in popularity and critical recognition in this 1993 article.
The New York Times: A Truly Famous Unknown Writer
Janet Maslin of The New York Times reviews The John Fante Reader, edited by Stephen Cooper. She discusses the major themes of Fante’s work and the enduring mythology surrounding his belated recognition. (Free registration required.)
Ask the Dust
Ask the Dust (The Movie)
This is the official Web site for the film Ask the Dust, written and directed by Robert Towne. The site includes a trailer, synopsis, production notes, gallery, downloads and more.
The Villiage Voice: Smothering Heights
Film critic J. Hoberman reviews Ask the Dust and explores parallels between Fante’s life and struggles as a writer and the film’s director/screenwriter Robert Towne.
Charles Bukowski, American Author
This nonprofit site houses a rich selection of scanned manuscripts, letters, poems, art, photos, interviews, biographical material and other odds and ends.
About H.L Mencken and the American Mercury
Wikipedia.com: The American Mercury
This article shows the rise and fall of H.L. Mencken’s journal “The American Mercury,” where John Fante’s first story, “Altar Boy,” was published.
The following served as information sources for the John Fante section of
“Realization and Recognition: The Art and Life of John Fante,”
The Boston Review, September/October 1993
"Review: Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante,"
by Rupert Wondolowski, Baltimore City Paper, 2001
“Who was John Fante?,”
by Allen Barra, Salon.com, 2006
“Dusting Off the Memories,”
The Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2006
Encyclopædia Britannica: John Fante, 2006
Wikipedia.com: John Fante
Viewpoint Productions: A SAD FLOWER IN THE SAND
(This page modified 11/6/06)