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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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Goodbye, Bunker Hill

Goodbye, Bunker Hill

(p.290) Goodbye, Bunker Hill
John Fante's Ask the Dust

John Fante

Fordham University Press

Written soon after Ask the Dust appeared in late 1939, this little-known piece of non-fiction by John Fante appeared in the Los Angeles Times. In it, Fante reminisces about his early days in Los Angeles, those days in the early 1930s when he was young and broke and often hungry but filled with dreams of literary greatness. He presents a gallery of character sketches of the people he lived amidst, from the drunk who lived next door in Fante’s beloved Bunker Hill rooming house to the generous Japanese grocer at Grand Central Market. Filled with feeling for a lost time and cherished memories, this piece reveals a side of John Fante that will captivate readers who want to learn more about the author of Ask the Dust.

Keywords:   Bunker Hill, change, dreams, hotel, library, Los Angeles, memory, people, poverty

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