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In 1979 John Fante told an interviewer, "I would have done anything to get the praise of H.L. Mencken." This collection of letters spans a twenty-two year period that saw Fante go from a sporadically published short-story writer to a full-fledged novelist and screenwriter. Mencken, who was editor of the American Mercury and an influential social critic of the time, provides a sharp, dry contrast to Fante's effusiveness. The letters begin with short but polite rejections from Mencken of Fante's stories. Fante's letters, in turn, become more profuse in their praise of Mencken and his work; but more interestingly, they reveal the thoughts that were to become the grist of his novels. Particularly telling is a letter written in 1936 in which Fante describes his father's fawning reaction to his son's success, something Fante couldn't bear. "He used to beat the hell out of me twice a week and I had a lot of respect for the man," Fante laments. Mencken's response is short, almost curt: "I see no reason why you should be upset about your father." With the aid of copious endnotes, the letters also serve as a finger on the political pulse of the times. The letters ceased for most of the 1940s, and Mencken's debilitating health rendered the correspondence one-sided through the remainder of the 1950s. Nevertheless, the correspondence testifies to the progression of Fante's success as a writer and to his "friendship" with a mentor he never met, and it reveals a certain vulnerability in both men. -- From Independent Publisher
By Michael Moreau (editor)

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9780876857670, titled "John Fante & H.L. Mencken: A Personal Correspondence, 1930-1952" | Black Sparrow Pr, October 1, 1989, cover price $20.00
9780876857687 | Signed edition (Black Sparrow Pr, August 1, 1989), cover price $30.00

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9780876857663 | Black Sparrow Pr, August 1, 1989, cover price $12.00 | About this edition: In 1979 John Fante told an interviewer, "I would have done anything to get the praise of H.

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Product Description: My Nanny: From a Small Country Town, to the Entertainment Capital of the World

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9780966051902 | Crown Point Pub, January 1, 1998, cover price $16.95 | About this edition: My Nanny: From a Small Country Town, to the Entertainment Capital of the World

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Understanding chemical reactivity has been the permanent concern of chemists from time immemorial. If we were able to understand it and express it quantitatively there would practically remain no unsolved mystery, and reactions would be fully predictable, with their products and rates and even side reactions. The beautiful developments of thermodynamics through the 19th century supplied us with the knowledge of the way a reactions progresses, and the statistical view initiated by Gibbs has progressively led to an unders­ tanding closer to the microscopic phenomena. But is was always evident to all that these advances still left our understanding of chemical reactivity far behind our empirical knowledge of the chemical reaction in its practically infinite variety. The advances of recent years in quantum chemistry and statistical mechanics, enhanced by the present availability of powerful and fast compu­ ters, are very fast changing this picture, and bringing us really close to a microscopic understanding of chemical equilibria, reaction rates, etc.... This is the reason why our Society encouraged a few years ago the initiative of Professor Savo Bratos who, with a group of French colleagues, prepared an impressive study on "Reactivite chimique en phase liquide", a prospective report which was jointly published by the Societe Fran

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9780306429224 | Plenum Pub Corp, October 1, 1988, cover price $99.00 | About this edition: Understanding chemical reactivity has been the permanent concern of chemists from time immemorial.

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9781461282976 | Springer Verlag, October 13, 2011, cover price $99.00

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9781496080462 | Createspace Independent Pub, March 27, 2014, cover price $6.00

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9781502556493 | Createspace Independent Pub, September 23, 2014, cover price $6.68

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