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John Fante, Bruin?

by DEBBIE LOPEZ

UCLA? Srsly?
John Fante

The archives of Los Angeles writer John Fante have finally found a home -- in Westwood -- at UCLA.

::shudders::

after nearly a decade of negotiations. Aldolfo Guzman-Lopez at KPCC notes the Epic Win for UCLA :

Fante’s most famous novel is “Ask the Dust,” published 70 years ago. It’s a vivid depiction of downtown L.A.’s ethnic and social mix as seen through the eyes of a young, starving writer – the sort of guy Fante was at the time.

In this and other novels Fante shed light on what L.A. was like before World War II. The books influenced L.A. writers including Charles Bukowski and screenwriter Robert Towne.

The 23 linear feet of archive material includes Fante’s old manual typewriter, a lock of his hair, and lots of heavily annotated manuscripts, says UCLA manuscripts librarian Genie Guerard.

Fante's archieves will share library space with the archives of two other top-shelf L.A. writers: Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West.