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just got back from a great few days bookshopping in san francisco...saw plenty of fante....although mostly the craptastic ecco press editions....i bought 2 used (good condition) copies of the black sparrow wait until spring, bandini....

here is a fante question...of course i could probably find out by just rereading the novels but i think this is a decent question...


is "full of life" part of the saga of arturo bandini?..

here is why i ask...the ecco edition of dreams from bunker hill list it as part of the saga (as fourth out of four).....but..the ecco edition of the road to los angeles does not list it as part of the saga...it lists it beneath.....

also...my black sparrow 1991 copy of the wine of youth also does not

also...my black sparrow 1989 copy of wait until spring, bandini does not

also, my black sparrow 1996 copy of the brotherhood of the grape does not

also, my black sparrow 1995 copy of 1933 was a bad year does not

also, my back sparrow 1989 copy of full of life does not

also, my black sparrow 1991 copy of the selected letters does not

also, my black sparrow 1989 copy of the fante/mencken letters does not

also, my black sparrow 2000 copy of the big hunger does not

also, my black sparrow 1993 copy of ask the dust does not

however, my black sparow 1983 edition of wait until spring, bandini does...but it lists it second from last, after ask the dust and before dreams from bunker hill....



i am sure i can google it and find out but i am bringing it up here to see if anyone knows here...


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in wait until spring, bandini...it starts with his father, svevo and the son arturo...who was 14...

in the road to los angeles his father was already dead and it was just a while after high school, his sister was 16...and he was arturo bandini

in ask the dust he was living on his own in la and he was bandini..he was drinking in bars so i am assuming he was at least 20

in dreams from bunker hill he is 21 and his character name is arturo bandini..and remember..this novel was the one he was writing while he was going blind and had to finish it by dictating it to his wife..he died the year after it was published in 82, died in 83


in full of life joyce was pregnant and he had done three books and his character name is john fante and his father was alive and helping him fix up his house...



sooooooo...i am thinking that full of life could be an extension of bunker hill but since the names are different i dunno..even though fante did not use the bandini pseudonym to try and pretend it was not him, on the contrary his work is highly autobiographical......
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