Selected Short Stories of John O'Hara Modern Library

Selected Short Stories of John O'Hara Modern Library Classics “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 centuryFirst 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”Stories includedThe decision Everything satisfactory The moccasins Doctor and Mrs Parsons Pardner A phase of life Walter T Carriman Now we know Too young Summer's day The king of the desert Bread alone Graven image The next to last dance of the season Where's the game Mrs Whitman Price's always open The cold house Are we leaving tomorrow No mistakes The ideal man Do you like it here The doctors son Hotel kid The public career of Mr Seymour Harrisburg In the morning sun War aims Secret meeting Other women's households Over the river and through the wood I could have had a yacht A respectable place

About the Author: John OHara

John Henry O'Hara was an American writer born in Pottsville Pennsylvania He initially became known for his short stories and later became a best selling novelist whose works include Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8 He was particularly known for an uncannily accurate ear for dialogue O'Hara was a keen observer of social status and class differences and wrote freuently about the social

10 thoughts on “Selected Short Stories of John O'Hara Modern Library Classics

  1. Al Sirois Al Sirois says:

    Three stars for this book of short stories They are wonderfully well written with good dialog and a simple spare style but as with much contemporary fiction very little or nothing actually HAPPENS in most of them There is not much conflict and what there is tends to be understated Perhaps the subtlety eludes me Although the book was published in 1956 the stories therein were originally published between 1933 and 1947 O'Hara is at his best when exploring the interactions of the rather privileged class of people who are for the most part his focus but there is some casual racism that won't sit well with contemporary readers These stories are of the slice of life type and I personally don't find them particularly stimulating I have never read any of his novels and don't feel moved to do so I guess I'm a genre writer first last and foremost O'Hara has a very good reputation but I suspect his work is not nearly as widely read as it used to be

  2. Ellis Knox Ellis Knox says:

    O'Hara is hailed as one of the masters of the short story and okay he paints a good picture But when all you are is a sketch artist there's only so much I can admire and only so many sketches I can take at a sitting I think maybe if I were a New York native and if I were reading his stories the way they were meant to be read every week or month in a magazine then I might have had a different reactionThe main thing here is that there's no character development They're all vignettes There's rarely a surprise or a moral It's just a sketch Masterfully done with a fine eye for detail and an even finer eye for dialog but most stories are less than ten pages and they don't go anywhere I can picture him sitting in a cafe or a church or a courthouse Something catches his eye He jots a few notes goes back to his hotel of course I picture him living in a hotel and bangs out another for Harpers or the New Yorker I really did want to like him better but I've given up

  3. Barfoo Barfoo says:

    Spent junior high high school years as a western PA transplant between 1972 1981 O'hara's observations about PA western PA wow A very very small elite elite wannabees oh yeah ; foxrun foxtrot got the trots NAMING your absolutely zero special mcmansion are you serious???Some things never change? God I do hope In that era PA steel was shutting down 50% or better population left? Worth a mention to the kiddies at the time Nah The entire PA population still fits in a single 814 area code west of State College? I think so Above filling in the back story O'Hara world view

  4. Thing Two Thing Two says:

    John O'Hara wrote short stories In his lifetime he had over 200 of them published in The New Yorker those short filler stories sandwiched between lengthier articles This collection of 13 is a wonderful example of his giftO'Hara wrote about what he knew small town life WWII and the invisible social caste of the US He is a master of recording dialogue and creating swift stories that end dramatically And once I saw Dorothy Parker had written a blurb for him on the cover I was hooked

  5. Jim Jim says:

    Though the introduction to this book credits O'Hara with having written stories that capture the speech of the characters and remain fresh though written uite some time ago my feeling as I plodded my way through was that I'd read enough of his stories many years ago and shouldn't have bothered to bring this collection home I just couldn't rid myself of the thought that perhaps at least for the time being I'd read enough fiction and should branch out a little

  6. Bob Peru Bob Peru says:

    glad to see that john o'hara is now getting the respect he deserves again seems like penguin is reprinting some of his work it'd be especially good to see the gibbsville stories in one big volume back in print or even the library of america giving o'hara the full treatment his work is canonical american stylee with maughamian endings

  7. Chris Chris says:

    This year's beach reading The style took me a few stories before I really got into it but he's one of those short story writers the sum of whose stories add up greater than the parts Plus I'm on a learn about Philly history kick

  8. Renae Renae says:

    I didn't read them all all of the short stories The ones I read well one I read was somewhat ironic Another one was confusing; I think there may have been implicit drug use possibly prostitution? mafia relations perhaps Nothing too exciting

  9. Gary Lee Gary Lee says:

    O'Hara is an underappreciated and oft overlooked part of great American literature

  10. Niki Niki says:

    John O'Hara is a worthy read His short fiction far outpaces his novels but he is funny and weird and I really like him

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