Frederick Exley

Frederick Exley

in Watertown, NY, The United States
March 28, 1929

June 17, 1992


Frederick "Fred" Exley was a critically lauded, if not bestselling, author. He was nominated for a National Book Award for A Fan's Notes, and received the William Faulkner Award for best first novel, as well as the Rosenthal Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters

He was a guest lecturer at the Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1972 and won a Playboy Silver medal award in 1974 for best non-fiction piece for "Saint Gloria & The Troll," an excerpt from his book Pages From Cold Island.

His later work also earned him a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, a Harper-Saxton Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Exley died of a stroke at 62 in 1992.

Average rating: 4.01 · 3,610 ratings · 391 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
A Fan's Notes

4.09 avg rating — 3,135 ratings — published 1968 — 21 editions
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Pages from a Cold Island

3.49 avg rating — 259 ratings — published 1974 — 7 editions
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Last Notes from Home

3.42 avg rating — 216 ratings — published 1988 — 6 editions
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A Fan's Notes Pages from a Cold Island Last Notes from Home
A Fan's Notes (3 books)
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“I certainly didn't want to fight with him. I did, however, want to shout, "Listen, you son of a bitch, life isn't all a goddam football game! You won't always get the girl! Life is rejection and pain and loss" -- all those things I so cherishly cuddled in my slef-pitying bosom. I didn't, of course, say any such thing”
Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes

“Unlike some men, I had never drunk for boldness or charm or wit; I had used alcohol for precisely what it was, a depressant to check the mental exhilaration produced by extended sobriety.”
Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes

“I wanted to lie hour after hour on a couch, pouring out the dark, secret places of my heart--do this feeling that over my shoulder sat humanity and wisdom and generosity, a munificent heart--do this until that incredibly lovely day when the great man would say to me, his voice grave and dramatic with discovery: "This is you, Exley. Rise and go back into the world a whole man.”
Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes

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