John O'Hara's Hollywood by John O'Hara

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On the sound stage and the casting couch, behind the facades of Spanish style mansions and inside studio trailers, at costumes and makeup, in posh nightclubs and in backrooms filled with cigar smoke, here are the ruthless producers, over-the-hill directors, disillusioned writers, glamorously callous actresses, desperate and hungry starlets, and matinee idols with dark secrets as they are unsparingly observed by one of America's most popular masters of realism.
Best known for the now-classic 1934 novel Appointment in Samarra and such blockbuster bestsellers as Ten North Frederick and Butterfield 8, in a career spanning four decades John O'Hara also published numerous story collections. Among his finest work, they highlight qualities that sold more than 15 million copies of his books in the course of his career: the snappy dialogue, the telling detail, the ironic narrative twist. Like the novels, and like the much-praised collection of John O'Hara's Gibbsville stories, also edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, the selections in John O'Hara's Hollywood, many originally appearing in the New Yorker or the Saturday Evening Post, explore the materialist aspirations and sexual exploits of flawed, prodigally human characters for whom arrangements consitute a deal and compromises pass for love.
 

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Matthew J. Bruccoli is the Jefferies professor of English at the University of South Carolina; the editor of numerous books on American writers, among them The Selected Letters of John O'Hara; and the author of numerous titles, including the biographies Some Sort of Epic Grandeur (of F.Scott Fitzgerald) and The O'Hara Concern. He lives in Columbia South Carolina.
 
Published March 25, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Again the master of the extramarital, exploits contemporary (or nearly) marriage modes and methods in this oddly nostalgic tale of lovely Elizabeth Appleton, her husband and her lover.

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A new novel is in a direct line of descent from A Rage to Live, and is not only an exhaustive exposition of the lives behind the solid brownstone and mahogany respectability of Ten North Frederick, but also a close cross-section of Gibbsville, Pennsylvania.

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A bit of blarney- some food and drinks- a cooperative effort on the men's part to clear the snarl outside, and inside on the part of the women to rassle some food, seems to have smoothed the rough edges, but when the "party" breaks up, all attempting to get through, the quiet ending as Ira, the p...

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Pub Date: Nov. 25th, 1965 ISBN: 0881842176 Page count: ...

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O'Hara doesn't like to be prompted by his critics but here the virtue of his denser novels with their expertly annotated habitats and characters, or at any rate types, seems to have given way to superficial exchanges--many of them taking place in random beds.

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24 short stories, 10 not previously published elsewhere, to add to the important and growing body of work by the custodian of American manners and mores.

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Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1940 Review Posted Online: ...

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Over a double dozen articles from O'Hara's column in the Trenton Times- Advertiser ramble in and out of books, autobiography, preferences, opinions, friends and foes, "the delicate condition of temperance", writers and writing, etc., etc.

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Not just the drabs and dribs of the 1972 posthumous collection, The Time Element, with some stories that are stronger along with occasional ones which are flat and have been overtaken by time.

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Pub Date: March 17th, 1938 ISBN: 0881841498 Page count:...

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Mostly short, but some longish, stories are introduced by O'Hara's back-of-my-hand reply to current fiction reviewing and its "spiteful condescension" and "abusive criticism" and his demand for more "speaking up...to the unimaginative...

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You won't remember for very long Edna Ewing, who was one of those nice girls, and thus managed to marry Bill Ewing and discard her lower middle-class and less desirable midwestern (Michigan) parents and affiliations.

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Pub Date: Nov. 22nd, 1979 Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich ...

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From O'Hara's over 400 pieces of short fiction MacShane (author of a far-from-flattering O'Hara biography, 1980) has chosen 25 representative stories and novellas--the majority of which were originally published in The New Yorker.

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In 1969’s “The Sun Room,” a proudly notorious former star speaks for many in this collection when she says she’d like to teach an acting course where one week she’d “lecture on bust development” and the next “demonstrate the technique of the casting couch.” Writers in these stories are intellectu...

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