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Ask the Dust by  John Fante - First Edition - 1939 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140941532)

Ask the Dust

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Ask the Dust

by Fante, John

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New York: Stackpole Sons, 1939. First Edition. Near Fine. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's oatmeal cloth stamped in brown; lacking the dust jacket. Near Fine with lean to spine, former owner name in color pencil and erased inscription to front free end paper, and small nicks to several pages at top edge. A great novel about Los Angeles, hailed by Charles Bukowski as a major influence.


Ask the Dust is the most popular novel of Italian-American author John Fante, that published in 1939 and set during Great Depression era in Los Angeles. It is one of a series of novels based around the character Arturo Bandini serving as his alter ego, a young Italian-American from Colorado struggling to make it as a writer in Los Angeles. The book is a roman à clef, much of it rooted in autobiographical incidents in Fante's life. The novel influenced Charles Bukowski significantly.


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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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Ask the Dust
Fante, John
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Used - Near Fine
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First Edition
Stackpole Sons
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New York
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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

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Portland, Oregon
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About Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.


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First Edition
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