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Collected for the 1st time, the recent York tales of John O'Hara, "among the best brief tale writers in English, or in the other language" (Brendan Gill, Here on the New Yorker)

Collected for the 1st time, listed below are the hot York tales of 1 of the twentieth century's definitive chroniclers of town - the speakeasies and highballs, social climbers and cinema stars, mistresses and powerbrokers, unsparingly saw by means of a well-liked American grasp of realism. Spanning his four-decade occupation, those greater than 30 refreshingly frank, sparely written tales are between John O'Hara's best paintings, exploring the materialist aspirations and sexual exploits of wrong, prodigally human characters and showcasing the snappy discussion, telling information, and ironic narrative twists that made him the most-published brief tale author within the heritage of the New Yorker.

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