Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:44AM
National Book Foundation

A Fan’s Notes

By Frederick Exley

Original and Current Publisher: Vintage Books

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Jerzy Kosinki for Steps

Fiction Judges That Year: Irving Howe, Jerre Mangione, Wright Morris

The Year in 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.”

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