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 a struggling writer, Arturo Bandini, 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 352,737 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). John Fante is the 729th most popular writer (down from 725th in 2019), the 788th most popular biography from United States (down from 755th in 2019) and the 81st most popular American Writer.

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

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Among writers, John Fante ranks 729 out of 5,794Before him are Vittoria Colonna, Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi, Amin Maalouf, Curzio Malaparte, Faxian, and Jean de La Bruyère. After him are Cesare Pavese, Epicharmus of Kos, Theodoret, Clarice Lispector, John Jacob Astor IV, and Yanka Kupala.

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Among people born in 1909, John Fante ranks 24Before him are Ernst Gombrich, Victor Borge, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Talal of Jordan, Nicholas Winton, and Carmen Miranda. After him are Fred Perry, Marinus van der Lubbe, Magda Schneider, Souphanouvong, Miep Gies, and Jessica Tandy. Among people deceased in 1983, John Fante ranks 20Before him are Raymond Aron, Nikolai Podgorny, Meyer Lansky, Gerhard Barkhorn, Alfred Tarski, and Gloria Swanson. After him are George Cukor, Albert Claude, Ulf von Euler, Anna Seghers, George Balanchine, and Muddy Waters.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Fante ranks 788 out of 15,968Before him are Robert Vaughn (1932), John Reed (1887), Steven Weinberg (1933), Matthew McConaughey (1969), Raquel Welch (1940), and Steve Reich (1936). After him are Rodney King (1965), Tobin Bell (1942), Bob Beamon (1946), Edward C. Tolman (1886), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), and Paul Morphy (1837).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Fante ranks 81Before him are Stephen Covey (1932), William Saroyan (1908), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Ambrose Bierce (1842), John Dos Passos (1896), and Neal Cassady (1926). After him are John Jacob Astor IV (1864), Joseph Campbell (1904), Maya Angelou (1928), Raymond Carver (1938), Nellie Bly (1864), and Eleanor H. Porter (1868).