Coverart for item
The Resource Misfit : the strange life of Frederick Exley, Jonathan Yardley

Misfit : the strange life of Frederick Exley, Jonathan Yardley

Label
Misfit : the strange life of Frederick Exley
Title
Misfit
Title remainder
the strange life of Frederick Exley
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Yardley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Frederick Exley was at once unique and prototypical. He inhabited his own bizarre universe and obeyed no rules except his own, yet he was a familiar and characteristic American literary type: an author whose reputation rests on a single book. His life, which he described, and disguised, and distorted in all three of his books, rivaled his "fiction." Everything he did involved a struggle, and the most important struggle of his life was his writing; out of that strife came A Fan's Notes, which Jonathan Yardley believes is one of the best books of our time. Exley was an alcoholic who drank in copious amounts, yet he always sobered up when he was ready to write. In his younger days he did time in a couple of mental institutions, which imposed involuntary discipline on him and helped him start to write. He was personally and financially irresponsible - he had no credit cards, no permanent address, and ambiguous relationships with everyone he knew - yet people loved him and took care of him. No matter where he was, in the dark of night he phoned friends and subjected them to interminable monologues. To many, these were a nuisance and an imposition, but later, in the light of day, they were remembered with affection and gratitude."--Book jacket
Summary
A biography of the tormented and obsessed writer assesses Exley's turbulent personal life, his alcoholism and mental illness, and his literary works--especially his seminal A Fan's Life. 15,000 first printing
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 1997
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
157106
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yardley, Jonathan
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3555.X58
LC item number
Z97 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Exley, Frederick
  • Novelists, American
  • Exley, Frederick
  • Biographie
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the strange life of Frederick Exley
Label
Misfit : the strange life of Frederick Exley, Jonathan Yardley
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocm36051284
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxx, 255 p.
Isbn
9780679439493
Isbn Type
(hard cover)
Lccn
96051737
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)36051284
Label
Misfit : the strange life of Frederick Exley, Jonathan Yardley
Link
Publication
Control code
ocm36051284
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxx, 255 p.
Isbn
9780679439493
Isbn Type
(hard cover)
Lccn
96051737
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)36051284

Library Locations

    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.271302100000 -97.746016800000
Processing Feedback ...