The New York Stories

The New York Stories

eBook - 2013
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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 .

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


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Publisher: New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2013
ISBN: 9780698136250
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Goldleaf, Steven
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Feb 21, 2014

John O'Hara was touted by many of his fellow writers, including Fitzgerald and Hemingway, he wrote one of the great American novels of the 20th century, "Appointment in Samara" and he wrote the book for "Pal Joey," which was both a hit musical and movie with Frank Sinatra. So why has his reputation dimmed? Beats me, but he's worth discovering, especially if you like the work of Cheever, Yates and Updike. This collection covers stories from the 30s to the 70s, all set in New York, and shows his familiarity with a wide variety of characters, from actors to barmen to middle class couples to small time hustlers. Unlike some of his peers, his can do both the upper crust and the demimonde. The long story "We're Friends Again" may be his masterpiece. BTW, he still holds the record for most stories published in The New Yorker.

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