FANTE, John. BUKOWSKI, Charles, preface.
Title: Ask the Dust. First Black Sparrow Printing.
Publisher:  Black Sparrow, Santa Barbara, CA, 1980, ISBN:0876854439
Seller ID: 104666
FANTE, John. Ask the Dust. Preface by Charles Bukowski. Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1980. First thus printing. Pp. (10),11-165,(7). Colour-printed title page. 8vo, printed grey card covers with black and red lettering to front cover and spine. The second book in The Bandini Quartet (originally published in 1939). The influential American novelist's masterwork, a semi-autobiographical novel about life in Depression-era Los Angeles. "I pulled a book down and opened it, and there it was. I stood for a moment, reading. Then like a man who had found gold in the city dump, I carried the book to a table. [...] The very substance of each line gave the page form, a feeling of somethiung carved into it. And here, at last, was a man who was not afraid of emotion. The humour and the pain were intermixed with a superb simplicity. The beginning of that book was a ild and enormous miracle to me. [...] Here was a man who had evolved a distinct way of writing. The book was 'Ask the Dust' and the author was John Fante. He was to be a lifetime influence on my writing." - from Bukowski's preface. Light spotting to top edge of text block and front cover, light browning and one small smudge to spine, else a very good, internally clean copy. 50.00