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A Week in Literary History

March 28th, 2002

American novelist Frederick Exley (A Fan’s Notes, 1968) is born in 1929.

Frederick Exley, b. March 28, 1929, d. 1992

After years of work and frequent incarcerations in care facilities for alcoholics, Exley finally published A Fan’s Notes in 1968. Not many people bought it, but it was enormously respected by the critics and by other writers. Thereafter, Exley published two sequels, both of them, like the first book, a mix of fiction and memoir. With alcoholism always a factor, he lived out his post-Notes years with occasional teaching and journalism assignments. In his biography, critic Jonathan Yardley called Exley a brilliant one-book writer, which seems a fair assessment.

Suggested Reading Novels A Fan’s Notes, 1968. Pages From a Cold Island, 1975. Last Notes From Home, 1988.

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