Appointment in Samarra

ISBN-10: 0143107070
ISBN-13: 9780143107071
Edition: N/A
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Description: The writer Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald” makes his Penguin Classics debut with his best-loved book One of the great novels of small-town American life,Appointment in Samarrais John O’Hara’s crowning achievement. In December  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The writer Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald” makes his Penguin Classics debut with his best-loved book One of the great novels of small-town American life,Appointment in Samarrais John O’Hara’s crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction. Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O’Hara’s iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream—and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.

John OHara was born in Pennsylvania on 31 January 1905. His first novel, Appointment in Samarra (1934), won him instant acclaim, and 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 OHara died on 11 April 1970.

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