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John O'Hara - American Writers eighty used to be first released in 1969. Minnesota Archive versions makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press variants.

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Contemporaries. Boston: Little, Brown, 1962. Podhoretz, Norman. "Gibbsville and New Leeds: The America of John O'Hara and Mary McCarthy," Commentary, 21:269-73 (March 1956). Pontz, John. "John O'Haira Up to Now," College English, 17:493-99, 516 (May 1955). Prescott, Orville. In My Opinion. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1952. Schwartz, Delmore. "Smile and Grin, Relax and Collapse," Partisan Review, 17:292-96 (Match 1950). Shannon, William V. The American Irish. New York: Macmillan, 1963. Trilling, Lionel.

She says, " 'Well, that's sweet, but I don't believe it. '" In disclosing character, O'Hara often relies on surprise, or what I call the instant insight, rather than using the considered choices that reveal a character in a significant action. Surprise comes when a character reacts unforeseeably. It is often made plausible by O'Hara's remarkable ear for language. In his dramatic scenes the voices of the characters resonate with the banalities of life, and we cannot doubt their reality. If we are surprised by their conduct, we are not therefore incredulous; rather, we suspect that they act from pent-up emotions or an habitual violence more than from conscious choice.

The Big Laugh. New York: Random House, 1962. Elizabeth Appleton. New York: Random House, 1963. The Lockwood Concern. New York: Random House, 1965. The Instrument. New York: Random House, 1967. COLLECTED STORIES The Doctor's Son and Other Stories. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1935. Files on Parade. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1939. Pal Joey. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940. Pipe Night. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1945. Here's O'Hara. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946. Hellbox. New York: Random House, 1947.

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