Appointment in Samarra

By John O'Hara; Charles McGrath (Introduction by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143107071, 220pp.)

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

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The writer whom Fran Lebowitz compared to the author of "The Great Gatsby, "calling him "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--and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 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.

About the Author
Ecrivain americain, John O'Hara (1905-1970) a quitte tres tot l'ecole et a exerce des metiers aussi divers que secretaire, mecanicien, gardien de parc ou reporter... Auteur de romans, de scenarios et de nombreuses nouvelles, il a notamment ecrit des feuilletons pour The New Yorker. Une de ses uvres majeures est "Rendez-vous a Samarra" (1934). Sa vie mouvementee l'empecha d'acceder a la reconnaissance critique qu'il meritait.

McGrath is editor of The New York Times Review.
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