Hard Cover. New York: Harper & Row, 1968. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's purple cloth-backed orange paper covered boards, purple dust jacket illustrated in orange and black, lettered in white. Slight toning to spine ends; in an unclipped dust jacket with some wear to spine and chip to upper corner and a couple small tears. A very good and bright copy. Frederick Exley's first book, A Fan's Notes, despite being described as "a fictional memoir" is semi-autobiographical. The book follows the misadventures that shape Exley's life, from the untimely death of his beloved father to his inability to follow in his footsteps. Exley punctuates the tragic telling of alcoholic relapse, obsession with sports, and institutionalization with sardonic humor. The book is named for the author's relaxation that he did not have the skill to be an athlete, he was fated to be a perpetual fan. Since the book's publication, it has gained a cult following.