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John Fante's Ask the DustA Joining of Voices and Views$
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Stephen Cooper and Clorinda Donato

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823287864

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823287864.001.0001

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“My Dear Bukowski,” “Hello John Fante”: Preface to Ask the Dust

“My Dear Bukowski,” “Hello John Fante”: Preface to Ask the Dust

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(p.261) “My Dear Bukowski,” “Hello John Fante”: Preface to Ask the Dust
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John Fante's Ask the Dust
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John Fante

Charles Bukowski

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287864.003.0017

This chapter reproduces two letters, first the one that John Fante sent to Charles Bukowski in January 1979 thanking him in advance for agreeing to write a preface to the forthcoming reissue of Ask the Dust by Black Sparrow Press, and then the one that Bukowski sent Fante in response the following month. The letters are followed by the original typescript of Bukowski’s now-famous Preface, which helped revive Fante’s novel after four decades in out-of-print oblivion.

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