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A portrait of a woman's down-and-out life in New York City in the early 1930s, depicting how class issues shape character in a society still trying to pull out of the Great Depression.
"ON the fifteenth day of January, 1913, in the presence of both families and about two hundred invited guests, William Blood-good Ewing and Edna Everett became man and wife. The cere¬mony took place in the First Presbyterian Church of Wingate, Michigan, and the reception was held at the home of the bride. Not everybody who was invited to the church was invited to the reception." -First Chapter
Eaton's life reflects upper-class American manners and values in the first half of the 20th century. Although outwardly successful, Eaton's private world is basically loveless.
"John O'Hara's fiction," wrote Lionel Trilling, "is preeminent for its social verisimilitude." Made famous by his bestselling novels, including BUtterfield 8 and Appointment in Samarra, O'Hara (1905-1970) also wrote some of the finest short fiction of the twentieth century.First published by the Modern Library in 1956, Selected Short Stories of John O'Hara displays the author's skills as a keen social observer, a refreshingly frank storyteller, and a writer with a brilliant ear for dialogue. "The stories in this volume," writes Louis Begley in his new Introduction, "show the wide range of [O'Hara's] interests and an ability to treat with a virtuoso's ease characters and situations from any place on America's geographic and social spectrum."From the Trade Paperback edition.
Son of a doctor and the eldest of eight children, Mr. O'Hara was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania in 1905. After graduation from Niagara Prep School, he worked as a ship steward, railway freight clerk, gas-meter reader, amusement-park guard, soda clerk and press agent. For a time he was secretary to the late Hey wood Broun. O'Hara's career as a reporter was equally varied. He worked first for two Pennsylvania papers and then for three in New York, where he covered everything from sports to religion. He also was on the staff of Newsweek and Time. His two recent novels were A Rage to Live (1949) and The Farmers Hotel (1951). He was the author of the smash-hit musical comedy, Pal Joey, for which Lorenz Hart wrote the lyrics and Richard Rodgers the musical score. His column, "Appointment with O'Hara," is now a regular feature in Collier's magazine. In 1954 Random House published Sweet and Sour, a series of weekly columns he wrote for the Trenton Times-Advertiser. Mr. O'Hara lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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