by Jonathan Yardley


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Misfit by Jonathan Yardley

In Misfit, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic of The Washington Post portrays in full one of the most tormented, distinctive, and talented writers of the post-war years. Frederick Exley's story, which in Yardley's telling reads as if it were a novel, reveals a singular personality: raunchy, vulgar, self-centered, and even infantile, yet also loyal, self-deprecating, and unfailingly humorous. Sympathetic and affectionate, honest and unsparing, Yardley's portrait gives us a man who sacrificed everything in order to write and who became, even more than before, his own most memorable creation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742511590
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Yardley is the book critic and a columnist for the Washington Post. His columns and reviews are distributed to newspapers throughout the country. He lives in Washington D.C.

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David Markson

Stunning. . .. Yardley's got old Fred right by the cojones, you should pardon the expression—everything we all cherished about the old bastard, but with all the unmitigated gall too, no holds barred. I devoured it.
It's honest, fair, and perceptive as well. Also, there's all sorts of personal stuff in there that, well as I thought I knew the guy, I didn't have an inkling of before. Yardley's right—on when it comes to discussing the books, too, with astute analyses and evaluations of all three, good (but also highly readable) criticism.
And Fred exists-to such an extent that I cried at the end.

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