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The writer whom Fran Lebowitz compared to the author of The Great Gatsby, calling him #147;the real F. Scott Fitzgerald," makes his Penguin Classics debut with this beautiful deluxe edition of his best-loved book. One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John O'Hara's crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction. Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O'Hara's iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream#151;and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.
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.
The bestselling novel that became an Oscar-winning film starring Elizabeth Taylor about New York's speakeasy generation A masterpiece of American fiction and a bestseller upon its publication in 1935, BUtterfield 8 lays bare with brash honesty the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression. One Sunday morning, Gloria wakes up in a stranger's apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress, stockings, and panties. When she steals a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she unleashes a series of events that can only end in tragedy. Inspired by true events, this novel caused a sensation on its publication for its frank depiction of the relationship between a wild and beautiful young woman and a respectable, married man.
"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
With over three million copies sold, O'Hara's great novel of America in the first half of the century was made into an acclaimed film starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It richly chronicles one man's rise to wealth, power, and prominence - and the haunting sense of failure at his heart.
Collected for the first time, the New York stories of John O'Hara, "among the greatest short story writers in English, or in any other language" (Brendan Gill, Here at The New Yorker) Collected for the first time, here are the New York stories of one of the twentieth century's definitive chroniclers of the city--the speakeasies and highballs, social climbers and cinema stars, mistresses and powerbrokers, unsparingly observed by a popular American master of realism. Spanning his four-decade career, these more than thirty refreshingly frank, sparely written stories are among John O'Hara's finest work, exploring the materialist aspirations and sexual exploits of flawed, prodigally human characters and showcasing the snappy dialogue, telling details and ironic narrative twists that made him the most-published short story writer in the history of the New Yorker.
"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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