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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 439,674 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. John Fante is the 788th most popular writer (down from 729th in 2019), the 914th most popular biography from United States (down from 788th in 2019) and the 93rd 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 788 out of 5,755Before him are Nestor the Chronicler, Pavel Jozef Šafárik, Mikael Agricola, John Jacob Astor IV, Bettina von Arnim, and Artemidorus. After him are Wilhelm Hauff, Peter Weiss, Arrigo Boito, Alejo Carpentier, Johann Kaspar Lavater, and Fyodor Tyutchev.

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Among people born in 1909, John Fante ranks 26Before him are Talal of Jordan, Benny Goodman, Elia Kazan, Fred Perry, Carmen Miranda, and Miep Gies. After him are Marinus van der Lubbe, Magda Schneider, Souphanouvong, Virginia Apgar, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Jessica Tandy. Among people deceased in 1983, John Fante ranks 23Before him are Albert Claude, Gloria Swanson, George Cukor, Gerhard Barkhorn, Buckminster Fuller, and Alfred Tarski. After him are Anna Seghers, George Balanchine, Aleksandar Ranković, Muddy Waters, Haldan Keffer Hartline, and Ulf von Euler.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Fante ranks 914 out of 18,182Before him are John Jacob Astor IV (1864), Barry Nelson (1917), Steve Reeves (1926), Robert Vaughn (1932), Gina Haspel (1956), and Edward C. Tolman (1886). After him are D. W. Griffith (1875), Laura Branigan (1952), Harvey J. Alter (1935), Davy Crockett (1786), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), and Larry Flynt (1942).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Fante ranks 93Before him are Solomon Northup (1808), Sinclair Lewis (1885), Dalton Trumbo (1905), Stephen Covey (1932), Sherwood Anderson (1876), and John Jacob Astor IV (1864). After him are Virginia Satir (1916), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), Ambrose Bierce (1842), Thomas Pynchon (1937), Sam Shepard (1943), and L. Frank Baum (1856).