Frederick Exley

Frederick Exley was an American writer, best known for his fictional memoir 'A Fan's Notes'. The book was published in 1968 and received critical acclaim for its candid and emotionally intense depiction of Exley's own life, his obsession with football, and his struggles with alcoholism and mental illness. Although Exley wrote other works, 'A Fan's Notes' remains his most celebrated and is often considered a cult classic.


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  1. 1. A Fan's Notes

    The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of a man who is obsessed with the New York Giants and their star player, Frank Gifford. He navigates through his life dealing with alcoholism, failed relationships, and multiple stays in mental institutions. Despite his struggles, he aspires to be a great writer. His obsession with football serves as a metaphor for his longing for success and his struggle with his failures.