John O'Hara (Hardcover)
Four Novels of the 1930s (LOA #313): Appointment in Samarra / Butterfield 8 / Hope of Heaven / Pal Joey (Library of America John O'Hara Edition #2)
Library of America, 9781598536003, 674pp.
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Here in one volume are four gripping novels about the anxious pursuit of pleasure and status in the Jazz Age by the writer who has been called “the real Fitzgerald.” In the brilliant debut Appointment in Samarra (1934), the life of car dealer Julian English unravels with stunning swiftness after he throws a highball in another man’s face. Butterfield 8 (1935), based on the notorious case of the drowned socialite Starr Faithfull, is the still-shocking story of one young woman’s defiant recklessness amid the desperate revels of Prohibition-era Manhattan. The long out-of-print Hope of Heaven (1938) shifts the scene to Los Angeles for a noirish tale of ill-fated love. And Pal Joey (1940), inspiration for the enduring Rodgers & Hart musical, presents O’Hara’s perhaps most memorable character, a sleazy nightclub emcee whose wised-up talk highlights O’Hara’s matchless ear for the American language.
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About the Author
Steven Goldleaf, editor, is the author of John O'Hara: A Study of the Short Fiction and editor of John O'Hara: The New York Stories. He is Professor of English at Pace University.