RARA-AVIS: Bardin and John Fante

From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 27 Nov 2002

Al Guthrie wrote about John Franklin Bardin:

1916-1981. Published ten novels, three of which, (THE DEADLY PERCHERON, THE LAST OF PHILIP BANTER, DEVIL TAKE THE BLUE-TAIL FLY) written between 1946 and 1948 are considered remarkable. I've only read the first of those. Although the ending is a little disappointing, I can concur that getting there is indeed remarkable. Quite a trip, in fact.
********* Thanks, Al. It sounds interesting. I think I'll give him a try. I found an omnibus in good condition for very cheap at amazon. I am amazed at the number of significant authors that keep popping up that I've never heard of. Par for the course is for me to see someone's name tacked onto a list of a bunch of the tried-and-true ones. That's what happened with Bardin.

I was thumbing through the special Pulp edition of Crime Time last night and found another one, John Fante. Does anybody have any recommendations for him? The article I looked at mentioned 1933 WAS A BAD YEAR and another one I can't remember. Abebooks has WAIT UNTIL SPRING BANDINI, FULL OF LIFE, BROTHER- HOOD OF THE GRAPE, ASK THE DUST, and WEST OF SPRING (2 novellas), and a book of stories called WINE OF YOUTH.


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