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John O'Hara (1) (1905–1970)

Autor(a) de Appointment in Samarra

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About the Author

John Henry O'Hara was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on January 31, 1905. Many of his novels and short stories were set in fictionally named Pennsylvania towns with the main themes centering on class conflict and status. He began writing for the New Yorker in 1928; and during his life, sold 225 mostrar mais stories to the magazine. His first collection, The Doctor's Son and Other Stories (1935) was followed by twelve more. Pal Joey (1940) was made into a Broadway musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and later was adapted into a film starring Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth. Some of his published novels include Appointment in Samarra (1934), A Rage to Live (1949), The Lockwood Concern (1965), and The Good Samaritan and Other Stories (published posthumously in 1974). Ten North Frederick (1955) won the National Book Award and Butterfield 8 (1935) and From the Terrace (1958) were adapted into movies in 1960. He died from cardiovascular disease on April 11, 1970. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por John O'Hara

Appointment in Samarra (1934) — Autor — 1,801 exemplares
BUtterfield 8: A Novel (1935) 798 exemplares
Ten North Frederick (1955) 301 exemplares
A Rage to Live (1949) 225 exemplares
From the Terrace (1958) 219 exemplares
Sermons and Soda-Water (1960) 160 exemplares
The Instrument (1967) 130 exemplares
The Lockwood Concern (1965) 120 exemplares
Pal Joey (1939) — Autor — 98 exemplares
The Big Laugh (1656) 95 exemplares
The Horse Knows the Way (1961) 82 exemplares
Ourselves to Know (1960) 80 exemplares
The Hat on the Bed (1995) 77 exemplares
The Cape Cod Lighter (1961) 74 exemplares
Hope of Heaven (1935) 69 exemplares
The O'Hara Generation (1969) 66 exemplares
Elizabeth Appleton (1963) 66 exemplares
Waiting for Winter (1966) 59 exemplares
And other stories (1968) 53 exemplares
Assembly (1960) 52 exemplares
The Farmers Hotel (1951) 48 exemplares
Pipe Night (1945) 41 exemplares
The Ewings (1972) 40 exemplares
Pal Joey: The Novel and The Libretto and Lyrics (2016) — Autor — 34 exemplares
Hellbox (1961) 34 exemplares
A Family Party (1956) 29 exemplares
49 stories (1962) 24 exemplares
John O'Hara's Hollywood (2007) 18 exemplares
The Doctor's Son (1935) 18 exemplares
My turn (1966) 15 exemplares
Good Samaritan, and other stories (1974) 15 exemplares
Sweet and Sour (1954) 15 exemplares
Selected letters of John O'Hara (1978) 12 exemplares
John Ohara Omnibus (1986) 12 exemplares
Two by O'Hara (1979) 10 exemplares
Five plays (1962) — Autor — 10 exemplares
Files on parade (1939) 6 exemplares
Selected Stories (2011) 5 exemplares
A Rage to Live [1965 film] — Screenwriter — 4 exemplares
Pal Joey: Original 1995 Broadway Cast Recording (1995) — Book — 4 exemplares
We'll Have Fun [short story] (1996) 3 exemplares
Graven Image 3 exemplares
Afternoon Waltz 2 exemplares
One For The Road 2 exemplares
Stories of Venial Sin 2 exemplares
Natica Jackson (2017) 2 exemplares
Andrea 2 exemplares
Flight 2 exemplares
Do You Like It Here? 2 exemplares
The Kids 1 exemplar
Nil Nisi 1 exemplar
The Time Element 1 exemplar
Family Evening 1 exemplar
Requiescat 1 exemplar
The Frozen Face 1 exemplar
Last Respects 1 exemplar
The Busybody 1 exemplar
This Time 1 exemplar
Grief 1 exemplar
For Help And Pity 1 exemplar
Short Stories 1 exemplar
The Favor 1 exemplar
That First Husband 1 exemplar
The War 1 exemplar
The Sun-Dodgers 1 exemplar
The Dry Murders 1 exemplar
Eileen 1 exemplar
The Tackle 1 exemplar
The Assistant 1 exemplar
Fatimas And Kisses 1 exemplar
The Gambler 1 exemplar
The General 1 exemplar
The Jama 1 exemplar
Late, Late Show 1 exemplar
Leonard 1 exemplar
The Neighborhood 1 exemplar
The Pomeranian 1 exemplar
The Skeletons 1 exemplar
The Way To Majorca 1 exemplar
The Brothers 1 exemplar
Memorial Fund 1 exemplar
The Last Of Haley 1 exemplar
No Justice 1 exemplar
The Weakling 1 exemplar
Not Always 1 exemplar
The Skipper 1 exemplar
Pilgrimage 1 exemplar
Encounter: 1943 1 exemplar
Yostie 1 exemplar
A Good Location 1 exemplar

Associated Works

50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contribuidor — 1,251 exemplares
Great American Short Stories (1957) — Contribuidor — 497 exemplares
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contribuidor — 463 exemplares
Points of View: Revised Edition (1966) — Contribuidor — 413 exemplares
Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker (2000) — Contribuidor — 356 exemplares
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contribuidor — 293 exemplares
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Contribuidor — 276 exemplares
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contribuidor — 269 exemplares
Short Stories from The New Yorker, 1925 to 1940 (1940) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
Nothing But You: Love Stories From The New Yorker (1997) — Contribuidor — 186 exemplares
Sixteen Short Novels (1985) — Contribuidor — 177 exemplares
In Another Part of the Forest: An Anthology of Gay Short Fiction (1994) — Contribuidor — 175 exemplares
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
Read With Me (1965) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The Other persuasion: short fiction about gay men and women (1977) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
Master's Choice, Volume 1 (1999) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
The Indispensable F. Scott Fitzgerald (1945) — Introdução, algumas edições60 exemplares
55 Short Stories from The New Yorker, 1940 to 1950 (1949) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Butterfield 8 [1960 film] (1960) — Original novel — 46 exemplares
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Pal Joey [1957 film] (1989) — Original book — 38 exemplares
From the Terrace [1960 film] (1960) — Original novel — 21 exemplares
Horse Stories (2012) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Sea Stories (1977) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
New Stories for Men (1941) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Modern American Short Stories (1941) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Concerning a Woman of Sin and Other Stories of Holllywood (1960) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
The Bathroom Reader (1946) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
The Best Short Short Stories from Collier's (1948) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Ten Great Stories: A New Anthology (1945) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Modern American short stories (1963) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



Most people will be familiar with the parable that the title alludes to, in which a man, encountering death in a Baghdad bazaar, immediately flees to the distant city of Samarra in hopes of alluding his fate ... only to find death waiting for him there, explaining: "I, too, was surprised to encounter you at the market, as our appointment was always in Samarra." The idea being that there's no escaping fate once it has you in its sites.

This is certainly the plight of Julian English, the protagonist of this tale of upper middle class WASPS in 1930s Gibbsville, Illinois. Julian's the owner of a prosperous Cadillac dealership, husband to a wife who genuinely loves him (in her whiny 1930s way), with a social life that revolves around the local country club and its WASPy members. But in the course of an eventful two days, fate relentlessly hunts our golden boy down, the result of a combination of misbehaviour, mischance, misapprehension, and not an insignificant measure of hubristic overreach, as Julian (along with many other characters in this novel) consistently reaches for more than he needs or wants.

O'Hara's claim to fame is that he was, at one time, the most prolific contributor of tales to the New Yorker magazine, and boy does this read like something Woody Allen would pen. It's well written and crafted, but the incessant whininess of the characters can get a little fatiguing. With the exception of a subplot involving a low-level hood named Al Grecco, everyone here is dealing with WASP-y first-world problems: attending the "right" college, driving the "right" car, marrying the "right" spouse, living in the "right" neighborhood, attending the "right" social events and parties, drinking, gossiping, and judging each other relentlessly. The crimes that destroy Julius aren't crimes in the legal sense, but crimes against the norms of his class: throwing a drink into the face of a social peer, drinking too much, humiliating his wife.

Almost 100yrs later, some aspects of this tale - the country club dances & raccoon coats, the male-centric marriages, the insane drinking - may feel like a time capsule. Alas, however, the central themes of this tale - social gamesmanship and snobbery, hypocrisy, hubris & self-emoliation - are timeless.
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Dorritt | 44 outras críticas | Apr 3, 2024 |
A sort of inverted The Scarlet Letter peopled by dreary snobs, John O'Hara's Appointment in Samarra is a decent – though limited – idea let down by the author's indulgence and ennui; a long-winded joke that I was tired of long before the punchline.

Set in Christmas 1930 amongst the well-to-do WASPs of a Pennsylvania milieu, O'Hara's novel begins with an epigraph quoting W. Somerset Maugham's 'Appointment in Samarra' fable, about a man who flees to the town of Samarra after seeing the Grim Reaper in a Baghdad marketplace. When questioned on this, the Grim Reaper expresses bemusement, because he had not expected to see him in Baghdad: they had an appointment in Samarra. O'Hara's novel is pretty much a mechanism reiterating this tale, but whereas Maugham told it succinctly and evocatively in a single paragraph, O'Hara drags it out to novel length and to lesser effect.

In O'Hara's version, a slight, vain, upper-class wet named Julian English has a moment of pique at a dinner party, and throws his drink in the face of one of his peers, Harry Reilly. Julian then suffers the banal fallout of this act – amounting to some mild and ineffectual disapproval from his social circle – but, tying himself in knots over this nonsense and fearing retaliation from the well-connected Harry, Julian begins a downward spiral. Fulfilling the twist of the 'Appointment in Samarra' fable, there's a rewarding moment of bathos at the end as it turns out a bemused Harry has not been plotting any revenge at all, and still thinks relatively highly of Julian – on the rare occasions he thinks of him at all.

It's a cute idea, but O'Hara is painfully serious about the whole thing. If you read a biography of the author, he comes across as an inveterate and insufferable snob, and this also comes across in Appointment in Samarra. The depiction of Julian's social scene – with the town of Gibbsville being a fictional carbon-copy of the town O'Hara himself was raised in – would only really be tolerable if there was an element of satire to it, whether black or comic, but there is none. Instead, there is an indulgent morass of WASP frippery, some inconsequential writerly tangents that any merciful editor would have excised, and scarce few characters who transcend the cardboard cutouts O'Hara has designated for them. The book is quite well-written but the indulgence spoils it, and the ending is anti-climactic. Appointment in Samarra might be respectable enough, but it is disappointing and doesn't reward the amount of effort one must put into it. A largely shallow tale about some shallow people.
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MikeFutcher | 44 outras críticas | Mar 10, 2024 |
In the 1930s, John O'Hara wrote 4 novels that put him, albeit briefly, on the map of literary writing. His "Appointment in Samarra," "Butterfield 8," "Hope of Heaven," & "Our Pal Joey," are compiled here. His last major work "Our Pal Joey" was made into a musical. After this decade of writing, he was forgotten in spite of his shocking sexualized character in "Butterfield 8." Somewhat interesting read but fails to hold readers' attention.
walterhistory | Nov 9, 2023 |
I came to this novel having seen the 1957 film version and being intrigued with the film and wondering how faithful it was to the novel. I was surprised to find that the core of the film was not the main body of the novel, but only covered the final thirty pages or so. Yet this was no disappointment. I'd not read O'Hara before, but I will read more. This is a rather wonderful novel encompassing decades in the life of the central figure, Joe Chapin, a well-to-do Pennsylvania lawyer. The novel, told in one 390-page chapter and one 18-page one, skips around chronologically, but always fluidly, organically, as if the characters and time periods were taking turns with the story. It is filled with rich characters, some spectacular writing, and sometimes that writing reaches the level of magnificence. It is filled with insights into the wealthy of a middling-sized city in the first half of the twentieth century, and some of O'Hara's descriptions of political thought could have been written today. In the end, it made me care deeply about the sort of man one might not particularly care for. It is a real work of art, expressed with a wry poetry and an unblinking eye.… (mais)
jumblejim | 6 outras críticas | Aug 26, 2023 |



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