John Fante

1909 - 1983

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John Fante (April 8, 1909 – May 8, 1983) was an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his semi-autobiographical novel Ask the Dust (1939) about the life of Arturo Bandini, a struggling writer in Depression-era Los Angeles. It is widely considered the great Los Angeles novel, and is one in a series of four, published between 1938 and 1985, that are now collectively called "The Bandini Quartet". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Fante has received more than 522,423 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). John Fante is the 860th most popular writer (down from 782nd in 2019), the 958th most popular biography from United States (down from 914th in 2019) and the 88th most popular American Writer.

John Fante is most famous for his novels, Ask the Dust and Wait Until Spring, Bandini.

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Notable Works

Wait until spring, Bandini
Ask the dust
Arturo Bandini is a twenty-year-old burgeoning writer, spending his days hungry for success, life and food in a dingy hotel in Los Angeles. Full of the enthusiasm of youth, and the thrill of having one short story published, the reality of poverty and prejudice has hit him hard. He meets a local waitress, Camilla Lopez, and embarks on a strange and strained love-hate relationship. Slowly, but inexorably, it descends into the realms of madness. Fante depicts the highs and lows of the emotional state of Bandini with conviction, but without easy sentiment. In Ask the Dust, Fante is truly 'telling it like it is' as a poverty-stricken son of an immigrant in 'perfect' California.
The wine of youth
The brotherhood of the grape


Among writers, John Fante ranks 860 out of 7,302Before him are Meša Selimović, Philippe Ariès, Jan Neruda, Ibn al-Jawzi, Ernesto Sabato, and Iris Murdoch. After him are Ambrose Bierce, Philostratus, Peter Weiss, Frederick Forsyth, Aziz Nesin, and Wilkie Collins.

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Among people born in 1909, John Fante ranks 31Before him are Souphanouvong, Marinus van der Lubbe, Aleksandar Ranković, Benny Goodman, Errol Flynn, and Fred Perry. After him are Oldřich Nejedlý, Jessica Tandy, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Edward Tatum, Miep Gies, and Matt Busby. Among people deceased in 1983, John Fante ranks 26Before him are Buckminster Fuller, Gerhard Barkhorn, Alfred Tarski, Gloria Swanson, Ulf von Euler, and Aleksandar Ranković. After him are Klaus Nomi, Luis Monti, Anna Seghers, Muddy Waters, Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, and Maurice Ronet.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Fante ranks 958 out of 20,380Before him are Jonathan Banks (1947), Jane Wyman (1917), Michael Cimino (1939), Kim Kardashian (1980), Condoleezza Rice (1954), and Myrtle Corbin (1868). After him are Ambrose Bierce (1842), Steve Reich (1936), Melanie Griffith (1957), Arthur Kornberg (1918), Geena Davis (1956), and Barbara Stanwyck (1907).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Fante ranks 88Before him are Sinclair Lewis (1885), Raymond Carver (1938), Leon Uris (1924), Maya Angelou (1928), Daniel Keyes (1927), and Neale Donald Walsch (1943). After him are Ambrose Bierce (1842), Dashiell Hammett (1894), Joseph Campbell (1904), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Cormac McCarthy (1933), and Daniel Goleman (1946).