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. Despite being described as “a fictional memoir,” A Fan’s Notes is indeed semi-autobiographical. The book follows the misadventures that shaped Exley’s life, from the untimely death of his beloved father to his inability to follow in his footsteps. Exley punctuates the tragic tales of alcoholic relapse, obsession with sports, and institutionalization with sardonic humor. The book is named for the author’s acknowledgement that as he did not possess the skill to become an athlete, he was fated to be a perpetual fan. Since the book’s publication in 1972, it has gained a cult following.