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date: 16 June 2024

O'Hara, Johnlocked

O'Hara, Johnlocked

  • James P. Austin

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The short-story writer and novelist John O'Hara, whose popular fiction was known for its journalistic breeziness and its close attention to the details of contemporary American life in the mid-twentieth century, came to his success in roundabout yet dogged fashion. Born on 31 January 1905 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, O'Hara was the first child of Dr. Patrick and Katherine Delaney O'Hara. The O'Haras represented, for some time, the combination of two powerful and staunchly Catholic families in the region, and John learned to assume early in life that his future place was among other influential young men and women in the Ivy League.

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  • North American Literatures

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