John O'Hara


Born
in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, The United States
January 31, 1905

Died
April 11, 1970

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John Henry O'Hara was an American writer born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He initially became known for his short stories and later became a best-selling novelist whose works include Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8. 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.
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Average rating: 3.79 · 19,391 ratings · 1,450 reviews · 96 distinct worksSimilar authors
Appointment in Samarra

3.83 avg rating — 12,531 ratings — published 1934 — 65 editions
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BUtterfield 8

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3.59 avg rating — 1,923 ratings — published 1935 — 34 editions
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Ten North Frederick

3.76 avg rating — 555 ratings — published 1955 — 11 editions
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From the Terrace

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3.92 avg rating — 384 ratings — published 1958 — 8 editions
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A Rage to Live

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3.71 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 1949 — 16 editions
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Selected Short Stories of J...

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3.87 avg rating — 175 ratings — published 1956 — 6 editions
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Sermons and Soda-Water

3.88 avg rating — 162 ratings — published 1960 — 9 editions
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The New York Stories

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3.95 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Collected Stories of John O...

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4.17 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 1984 — 3 editions
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Pal Joey

3.45 avg rating — 131 ratings — published 1940 — 9 editions
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Polls

December 2015 New School Classics Group Read

 
  25 votes, 18.1%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 481 pages
 
  18 votes, 13.0%

 
  16 votes, 11.6%

 
  14 votes, 10.1%

 
  13 votes, 9.4%

 
  8 votes, 5.8%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1963, The Collector by John Fowles, 283 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1974, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, 144 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

 
  5 votes, 3.6%

1935, BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara, 256 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.9%

1995, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, 216 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.9%

 
  3 votes, 2.2%

 
  2 votes, 1.4%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

1974, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, 267 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

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