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'For all its excellence as a social panorama and a sketch of a marriage, it is as a picture of a man destroyed by drink and pride that Appointment in Samarra lives frighteningly in the mind' John Updike

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John O'Hara was born in Pennsylvania on 31 January 1905. His first novel, Appointment in Samarra (1934), won him instant acclaim, and he quickly came to be regarded as one of the most prominent writers in America. He won the National Book Award for his novel Ten North Frederick and had more stories published in the New Yorker than anyone in the history of the magazine. His fourteen novels include A Rage to Live, Pal Joey, BUtterfield 8 and From the Terrace. John O'Hara died on 11 April 1970.

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"If you want to read a book by a man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously, read Appointment in Samarra," insisted Ernest Hemingway of this 1934 title, all the more high praise as it was O'Hara's first novel. The story follows Julian and Caroline English and the frailty of small-town society. This edition features an introduction by John Updike. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Mr O'Hara's eyes and ears have been spared nothing, but he has kept in his heart a curious and bitter mercy" -- Dorothy Parker
"O'Hara writes with swift realism, wisely avoids sentimentality" * Time Magazine *
"Dramatic...exciting...vivid and written at high speed...accurate and often penetrating" * The Nation *
"Better than anyone else, he told the truth about his time, the first half of the twentieth century. He was a professional. He wrote honestly and well" -- John O'Hara on John O'Hara. He had this inscribed on his gravestone.

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