John O'Hara
John O'Hara
John Henry O'Hara was an American writer. He earned a reputation first for short stories and became a best-selling novelist by age thirty with Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8 (spelled with capital 'BU'). 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 frequently about the socially ambitious. A controversial figure, O'Hara had a reputation for personal irascibility and for cataloging social ephemera, both of which frequently overshadowed his gifts as a storyteller. Writer Fran Lebowitz called him "the real F. Scott Fitzgerald. " John Updike, one of his consistent supporters, grouped him with Chekhov in a C-SPAN interview. By contrast, Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times dismissed him as "a well-known lout."
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ANN ARBOR: Junior Theatre to hold auditions for 'Cinderella: The Untold Story' - Heritage Newspapers
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Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's Junior Theatre will hold auditions for the children's play "Cinderella: The Untold Story," adapted by John O'Hara and directed by Daisy Mull from 4 to 6 pm Sept. 13 and 15. In this silly take on the classic fairy tale,
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Fine wins for Rye and Sidley - Rye and Battle Today
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John O'Hara League Cup Final. Rye United V Three Bridges FC. 22.04.11. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY Rye United continue to lead the Sussex County Football League following a splendid victory on Monday. Goals from Sam Adams, Matt Maclean and
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Rocks Review: Hythe Town 2 Rocks 3 - Midhurst and Petworth Today
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In the John O'Hara Cup, Chichester City beat Shoreham 3-2 at Oaklands Park for their first win of the season. Back in the league, Midhurst lost 3-0 at Seaford in division two, while in division three, Bosham are second after a fine 5-1 win at Haywards
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Lower Merion 101'ers proving tough foe for all-star squads - Main Line
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Chalk that one up to head coach John O'Hara, a Temple University English professor who realized that for these kids to compete with the best all-star teams in the region, he'd need to teach them everything he knew about the game
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Sunbury 175: Pupils dig their history - Macedon Ranges Weekly
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There for the occasion was John O'Hara, former mayor of Spelthorne in England, the borough where the town of Sunbury is located. He's in Sunbury to help mark its 175th anniversary. Later this year, the students will have their turn, burying time
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ARTS | NEW JERSEY; Judging a Paperback's Cover by Its Painter
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The Beatles immortalized the plight of an aspiring author in their 1966 song ''Paperback Writer.'' But what about the paperback painter? A comprehensive view of that lot can be found in ''The Painting World of James Avati'' at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, an intriguing show that surveys the life and work of America's premier mid-20th-century
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Soccer: Loudoun Soccer Announces 2011-12 Technical Staff - Viva Loudoun (blog)
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New Director of Goalkeeping (Recreation and Travel) John O'Hara joins Loudoun Soccer following successful stints with the Great Falls SC and McLean Soccer Development Academy programs. Widely recognized as one of the top goalkeeper coaches in Virginia,
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Anderson’s acoustic adventure - Buxton Advertiser
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Ian Anderson, the original lead member of Jethro Tull, with German guitar virtuoso Florian Ophale and accordionist John O'Hara. Photo contributed. JETHRO Tull's Ian Anderson has performed the band's music in as many forms as you can imagine
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Firm chosen to design final stage of Westbrook library renovation project - KeepMEcurrent.com
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The City Council moved unanimously, with Councilor John O'Hara absent, to give preliminary approval to hire Russell A. Martin PE, of Freeport, to design a new heating and air-handling system for the library. The council will have to vote on the measure
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Rutherford's former La Toque space to become Alex Italian Restaurant - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
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Photo: John O'Hara/The Chronicle 2001 Everyone has been asking the action at the former La Toque in Rutherford, which has been under construction for the last few months after roughly three years of being dormant. Here's the answer: With La Toque in
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New Leadership Team for Cartoon Network Enterprises - World Screen
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LOS ANGELES: Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) has enhanced the roles of executives John O'Hara and Paul Condolora following the news of Christina Miller's departure from the global licensing and merchandising arm of the kids'
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Former manager back at Westbrook pool - KeepMEcurrent.com
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Committee member John O'Hara, who has lobbied strongly for cutting the budget in many areas, was one of the members who voted for putting the funds back, saying at the time that public safety was more important than cutting costs
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Carden: 'Leaving Bridges was a difficult decision' - This Is Sussex
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But the defender, who helped Bridges to a historic John O'Hara League Cup win in April, insists he would not want the captain's armband straight back should he return. "I don't know if Paul [Faili] has chosen a new captain yet, I can think of a few who
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L’Oreal go Gaga over John - Bellshill Speaker
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For John O'Hara is set to become one of the brightest stars in the world of hairdressing. The 29-year-old has just finished a HNC in Hairdressing, Fashion and Photographic Make Up at Coatbridge College in style - he was named student of the year - and
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Zulu link an urban myth | Northern Rivers News | Local News in Northern Rivers - Daily Examiner
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Indeed the story appeared in John O'Hara's Big River Racing book, it had been retold by Charlie's grandson Ossie Page and written in The Daily Examiner several times over the years. But now, almost 130 years after the race in question, the Victorian
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John O'Hara
    CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Died on April 11, 1970.
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  • 1965
    His September 4, 1965 column deals entirely with his failure to have received any honorary degrees, going into detail about three honorary degrees he was actually offered but, for various reasons, did not accept.
    More Details Hide Details In the column he lists the awards he has received: He complains that the colleges write him "highly complimentary" letters asking him to perform "chores" such as officiating as writer-in-residence, judging literary contests, and give lectures, yet do not give him degree citations. "The five major distinctions," he notes, "were awarded me by other writers, not by academia." The column closes with the comment
  • 1962
    When John Steinbeck won the prize during 1962, O'Hara wired, "Congratulations, I can think of only one other author I'd rather see get it."
    More Details Hide Details John O'Hara died from cardiovascular disease in Princeton, New Jersey, and is interred in the Princeton Cemetery. The epitaph on his tombstone, which he wrote himself, reads: "Better than anyone else, he told the truth about his time. He was a professional. He wrote honestly and well." Of this, Gill commented: "From the far side of the grave, he remains self-defensive and overbearing. Better than anyone else? Not merely better than any other writer of fiction but better than any dramatist, any poet, any biographer, any historian? It is an astonishing claim." During the early 1950s, O'Hara wrote a weekly book column, "Sweet and Sour", for the Trenton Times-Advertiser, and a biweekly column, "Appointment with O'Hara", for Collier's magazine. MacShane terms them "garrulous and outspoken" and says neither "added much of importance to O'Hara's work." Biographer Shelden Grebstein says that O'Hara in these columns was "simultaneously embarrassing and infuriating in his vaingloriousness, vindictiveness, and general bellicosity." Woolf says these earlier columns anticipated "his disastrous 'My Turn' in Newsday, which endured fifty-three weeks... beginning in late 1964... of his dismissive and contemptuous worst."
  • 1960
    The 1960 movie, From the Terrace, was adapted from O'Hara's 1958 novel of the same title.
    More Details Hide Details O'Hara himself helped write the screenplay. The movie featured Paul Newman as disenchanted Alfred Eaton, son of a wealthy but indifferent father who has caused his mother to become alcoholic; Newman's real-life wife, Joanne Woodward, as his socially ambitious but self-pitying and unfaithful wife, Mary St. John; and, Ina Balin---who received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the role—as Natalie Benziger, a compassionate and family-oriented young lady who wins Alfred's love as he makes a crucial decision about his career and his life. Pal Joey (1940) was immediately adapted as a musical of the same name, with libretto by O'Hara and songs by Rodgers and Hart. The 1940 production featured Gene Kelly and Vivienne Segal. The musical was revived successfully during 1952 and later, most recently for a 2008–2009 play in a Broadway theater. It was also re-adapted as the 1957 motion picture Pal Joey featuring Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth.
  • 1958
    Ten North Frederick is a 1958 movie based on O'Hara's 1955 novel of the same title.
    More Details Hide Details Gary Cooper featured as Joe Chapin, with Diane Varsi, Suzy Parker and Geraldine Fitzgerald in supporting roles. O'Hara called Cooper's performance, " sensitive, understanding and true." BUtterfield 8 (1935) was adapted as a 1960 movie of the same name. Elizabeth Taylor won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Gloria Wandrous.
  • 1956
    During World War II, O'Hara was a correspondent in the Pacific theater. After the war, he wrote screenplays and more novels including Ten North Frederick, for which he won the 1956 National Book Award.
    More Details Hide Details However, his books became increasingly wordy, thereby affecting his critical reputation. Nonetheless, his shorter works remained esteemed. He was also attacked by some for his acceptance of all sexualities, which was controversial during the 1930s (Appointment and BUtterfield). BUtterfield 8 was banned in Australia until 1963. Despite his writing skill, most of O'Hara's longer work was not well regarded by the literary establishment. Some of this may have been due to extra-literary factors, such as his vigorous self-promotion and his politically conservative newspaper columns. Martin Kich of Wright State University says, "O'Hara's achievements have been so long and thoroughly denigrated that he is now typically considered a novelist of the second, or even the third, rank." Brendan Gill, who worked with him for The New Yorker, ranks him as "among the greatest short-story writers in English, or in any other language" and credits him with helping "to invent what the world came to call the New Yorker short story."
  • 1934
    During 1934, O'Hara published his first novel, Appointment in Samarra, which was acclaimed when published.
    More Details Hide Details This is the O'Hara novel that is most consistently praised by critics. Ernest Hemingway wrote: "If you want to read a book by a man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously well, read Appointment in Samarra." However, more recent critics, writing in the Atlantic Monthly March 2000, are not as complimentary. Critic Benjamin Schwarz and writer Christina Schwarz claimed: "So widespread is the literary world's scorn for John O'Hara that the inclusion... of Appointment in Samarra on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century was used to ridicule the entire project." O'Hara followed Samarra with Butterfield 8 and several other novels. The epistolary novel Pal Joey (1940) resulted soon in a successful Broadway musical play.
  • 1928
    He garnered much critical acclaim for his short stories, more than 200 of which, beginning during 1928, were published in the magazine The New Yorker.
    More Details Hide Details Many of them (and some later novels) were set in Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, a barely fictionalized version of Pottsville, which is a small city in the coal region of Pennsylvania.
  • 1924
    He attended the secondary school Niagara Preparatory School in Lewiston, New York, where he was named Class Poet for Class of 1924.
    More Details Hide Details His father died about that time, leaving him unable to afford Yale University, the college of his choice. By all accounts, this disappointment affected O'Hara for the rest of his life and aggravated the social awareness that characterizes his work. He worked as a reporter for various newspapers. Among other topics he covered his hometown team the Pottsville Maroons of the National Football League. Relocating to New York City, O'Hara began to write short stories for magazines. During the early part of his career he was also a movie critic, a radio commentator and a press agent; later, with his reputation established, he became a newspaper columnist.
  • 1905
    Born on January 31, 1905.
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