A Fan’s Notes
By Frederick Exley
Original and Current Publisher: Vintage Books
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- John Barth for Lost in the Funhouse
- Frederick Exley for A Fan's Notes
- Joyce Carol Oates for Expensive People
- Thomas Rogers for The Pursuit of Happiness
Fiction Winner That Year: Jerzy Kosinki for Steps
Fiction Judges That Year: Irving Howe, Jerre Mangione, Wright Morris
The Year in Literature:
- House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: The complete title of Exley’s book is A Fan’s Notes: A Fictional Memoir. A “Note to the Reader” in the opening pages reads, “Though the events in this book bear similarity to those of that long malaise, my life, many of the characters and happenings are creations solely of the imagination. In such cases, I of course disclaim any responsibility for their resemblance to real people or events, which would be coincidental… In creating such characters, I have drawn freely from the imagination and adhered only loosely to the pattern of my past life. To this extent, and for this reason, I ask to be judged as a writer of fantasy.”