A Fan's Notes Summary
The concomitant themes of success, fame, football, and failure are magnified in A Fan's Notes through the narrator's revelation of unrealized potential.
Measuring his own achievements in sports against those of his father, a hometown football hero, and Frank Gifford, an all-American pro, "Ex" invariably comes up short. While yet a student at USC, he learns the horrors of anonymity even as his classmate, Gifford, rides a rising star. After graduation, the narrator seeks to be deemed a writer of fiction, a legend in the manner of Mailer, Capote, Fitzgerald and, here again, Exley knows no success. He is anxious to attain acclaim among the literati in New York City, but the "city that never sleeps" greets Exley with only indifference.
A Fan's Notes is a romantic book, a book about shattered dreams, despair, and the shame that can accompany an inability to fulfill a preconceived sense...
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A Fan's Notes Short Guide
Frederick Exley Biographies (1)
5,305 words, approx. 18 pages
Frederick Exley's literary output over some twenty years amounts to only three novels: A Fan's Notes (1968), Pages from a Cold Island (1975), and Last Notes from Home (1988), plus enough magazine art...
Essays & Analysis (4)
262 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Derek Mahon
[A Fan's Notes is] a work of depth and seriousness—a moving, richly humorous record of humiliation and perseverance. Perhaps only in tightrope America, wher...
200 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Stanley Reynolds
As a work of art [A Fan's Notes] is rambling, unclear, repetitious, and written in that curious overblown American style exemplified by the now famous remark ...
477 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Ronald De Feo
A Fan's Notes is both a funny and a sad book, exploring the American obsession with "making it." It contains some splendid writing, a host of memor...
1,539 words, approx. 6 pages
Critical Essay by C. Barry Chabot
While Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes envisions a culture every bit as inhumane as we find elsewhere in contemporary fiction, his novel represents a sig...